Thursday, March 10, 2011

Children Abducted, Organs Supplied to Med Students (Philippines, 2011)

Journal Online [Philippines]

3 March 2011

Valenzuela police: No syndicate abducting kids in city

A RANKING official of the Valenzuela City police yesterday belied reports that a crime syndicate roams in the city, abducts children and sells their internal organs to medical students. [...]

The Philippine Star

6 March 2011

Valenzuela: No truth to organ harvest rumors

By Jerry Botial (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines – Valenzuela City authorities yesterday belied rumors about the city’s children being abducted and their bodies later turning up minus their internal organs. [...]

The Philippine Star

7 March 2011

Suspected rumor monger arrested in Valenzuela

By Jerry Botial (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines - A man suspected of spreading rumors about children in Valenzuela City being abducted and later found dead minus their internal organs was arrested yesterday after he called a police hotline. [...]

Journal Online [Philippines]

10 March 2011

Gatchalian orders probe of kidnap try on girl

Written by : Mia B. Billones

VALENZUELA Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian yesterday ordered the local police force to investigate the alleged aborted kidnap try on a nine-year-old girl by unidentified suspects last Monday morning. Officials of Bgy. Balangkas, Valenzuela City, said the alleged victim was able to escape from his abductors after biting the hands of one of them. Ruth Abante, of Granada St., accompanied her granddaughter to Bgy. Chairman Alfredo Salvador to report the incident. Abante said her granddaughter had just bought something from Tina Store located on Kabesang Imo St. at around 11 a.m. when a white van with no plate number stopped, two men alighted and forcibly dragged her inside the vehicle. She resisted and managed to flee. The elder Abante believed the suspects belonged to a syndicate which snatches children, takes their vital organs and sold them to medical students. [...]

Manila Bulletin [Philippines]

10 March 2011

Mayor allays fears of child abduction

MANILA, Philippines — Valenzuela Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian appealed Thursday for calm among residents amid rumors that a syndicate abducting children and removing their internal organs is active in city. The appeal was made after rumors spread that a child was abducted in Barangay Gen. T. de Leon and later founded without internal organs. [...]

Philippine Information Agency PIA Press Release

Friday, March 11, 2011

Police disproved kidnap rumor in Siquijor

SIQUIJOR, Mar 11 (PIA7)--Police authorities in the province of Siquijor particularly in Maria town dismissed “kidnap rumor” as just “hoax” circulated through text messages by pranksters to create public anxiety among Siquijodnons. In a news report from The Siquijor Mirror, the text rumor about children being kidnapped in Maria and had their internal organs taken away by kidnappers proliferated following the recent news in Cebu City about a school girl being allegedly kidnapped and killed by her abductor. [...]

Manila Bulletin [Philippines]

2 April 2011

Caloocan orders probe on rumors about missing kids

By ED MAHILUM Philippines -- Caloocan City Mayor Enrico Echiverri has ordered the city police to conduct an investigation regarding rumors circulating in the city about missing children who have allegedly been abducted by certain groups, thereby sowing fear among residents. [...] The text message sent to the city officials claimed that a group of men wearing bonnet is allegedly roaming around the city on board a white van. The message senders claimed that these men abduct children and later dump them dead after getting their internal organs. [...]

ABS-CBN News [Philippines]

12 April 2011

CIDG probes case of woman found without organs

MANILA, Philippines - The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) is now investigating a case involving a 26-year old woman from Navotas who was found last week in Laguna robbed of her internal organs.

CIDG Director Samuel Pagdilao was quick to rebut, however, that this has something to do with rumors that an organ trafficking syndicate is out on the loose preying on victims.

Pagdilao said the issue remains an “urban legend,” absent strong evidence. In fact, the urban legend goes that members of the syndicate, aboard a white van, abducts 6- to 14-year olds and sell their internal organs for medical purposes. [...]

ABS-CBN [Philippines]

12 April 2011

Dinky confirms abductions, belies kidnapping for organs

By JC Rodriguez,

Philippine Daily Inquirer

13 April 2011

Manila police deny child abduction reports

By Jaymee T. Gamil

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Rumors that a syndicate is abducting children in Manila to take their internal organs and dumping their bodies stuffed with money, have been debunked by the city police district. [...]