By ACE ALEGRE
BAGUIO CITY — Another girl went missing three days ago here even as police and city officials parried off reports on missing kids in Baguio.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-Cordillera said a 16 year old Hotel and Restaurant Management student of a university here did not go home after September 20.
The freshman student, a native of Pangasinan, supposedly went to school on that day but his uncle who temporarily takes care of her in the city had reported to authorities that the student never came home.
Her kin in Baguio City got text messages from her cellular phone claiming that she is “under their care”. They added that before the said text, they received a text saying that she was afraid and that it might be her last message.
NBI-Cordillera said they logged this latest case already as kidnapping, though no ransom seemed is being floated by the kidnappers of the freshman college student.
The Baguio City police earlier denied reported that some 56 youngsters had gone missing since January this year, arguing it may have been true but claimed that these kids were only “stow-aways” for just several days and already went back to their homes.
A spate of teen killings has been reported in the city for the past months with missing teener reported either to the police or social networking sites.
Baguio police director David Lacdan admits the cases of missing minors mostly women can be traced to gang related cases. He said the problem with the cases is that the girls apparently go with gangsters without resistance. He added the gang related issues involve teenagers going with friends without telling their parents.
Amidst the alleged rising incidences of such crimes in the city, police also doused insinuations about any pattern shrugging speculation of a syndicate or a serial killer on the loose. # nordis.net