Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Gangs Steal Kids' Organs, Philippines

The Daily Inquirer [Philippines]
11 March 2008

Rizal cops return missing Quezon City kids to parents

By Marlon Ramos
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines -- More than 16 hours after they were mistakenly reported to have been abducted by several unidentified men on board a van, two five-year-old children from Quezon City had an emotional reunion with their parents at a police station in San Mateo, Rizal Tuesday. [...]

Residents in the area told the two women that several men on board a white van had seized their sons.

Agpaoa said the mothers became hysterical when a neighbor informed them of an alleged gang victimizing youngsters in the Calabarzon region. [...]

The Inquirer [Philippines]
12 March 2008

Kids abduction rumors a hoax, says PNP chief

By Thea Alberto

MANILA. Philippines -- Mobile text messages about a gang roaming around and seizing children in Southern Tagalog supposedly to sell their internal organs are a hoax, Philippine National Police Director General Avelino Razon Wednesday. [...]

Philippine Star
13 March 2008

Muntinlupa cops say `kidnap van' story a hoax

The Muntinlupa police yesterday allayed fears of parents about an alleged van whose occupants go around the city to kidnap children who are later killed and their internal organs taken. [...]