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Caloocan, Valenzuela deny rumors on series of abductions

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Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan and Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian denied rumors on abduction cases in the two cities.

This followed reports in the media of nine missing persons in Pasay City. Closed-circuit television footage showed that some of them were forced into vehicles by several abductors.

In a Facebook post, a man claimed that a vendor at Bagumbong in Caloocan told him they saw two men forcing a woman inside a vehicle headed to Novaliches in Quezon City.

Another person said she saw a van following a woman at Monumento in Caloocan.

Yet another woman alleged that someone accompanied by two people was kidnapped at the Valenzuela Toll Plaza near Paso de Blas.

But both Malapitan and Gatchalian said their chiefs of police confirm that there have been no reported kidnapping cases in their cities.

“Walang record ng reklamo ang kapulisan ukol sa isyu na ito. Hindi natin alam saan nanggaling ang kumakalat na balitang ito, marahil ay gusto lamang manira o takutin ang ating mga kababayan (The police have not received any reports or complaints about this issue. We do not know where this news is coming from, maybe they just want to besmirch someone or scare our residents),” Malapitan said in a statement.

“No reason to worry, we are on top of the situation,” Gatchalian said in a tweet. “We are always vigilant and on our toes.”

He also appealed to the public to stop spreading unverified information to prevent causing “unnecessary panic.”

“You’re making an issue of something that is not an issue. Wala naman po sa city natin (There are no incidents in our city),” Gatchalian wrote in a separate tweet.

For safety’s sake, the city mayors said security is being tightened in their cities.

Caloocan City Police Chief Col. Noel Flores said they are guarding schools in particular to protect students.

Valenzuela City Police Chief Col. Carlito Gaces directed all unit heads to conduct around-the-clock mobile patrols and to set up more checkpoints in their jurisdiction.

Gaces told the public to report incidents to the police before posting on social media.

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