‘Abduction attempt a hoax’

A POLICE official urged residents of Toledo City not to believe reports about lawless elements attempting to abduct children.

Supt. Samuel Mina Jr., the police chief, said there is no group operating in the city.

“These reports about such incident still needs to be verified in order not to create hysteria among our constituents, but rest assured that we will be taking this matter very seriously,” he said on his Facebook account.

Mina asked the public not to post false information on Facebook.

The false information was first spread through text messages and on social media, according to desk officer PO2 Joselito Genon.

Genon said a seven-year-old first grader, Dan (real name withheld), reported to the Women and Children’s Protection Desk that there was a group of men who tried to kidnap him in Barangay Poblacion past 7 a.m. yesterday.

The boy was accompanied by his father and two teachers.

Investigators checked the area and based on their assessment, criminals would struggle to abduct him there because the area is crowded.
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