De La Salle University (DLSU) students have been reminded to observe a buddy system, despite a false kidnapping reports near the campus along Taft Avenue in Manila.
"We urgently advise the Lasallian community to remain vigilant and to keep safe inside and outside the University’s vicinity,” said the school's University Student Government in a Facebook post.
"Rest assured, your USG will keep the community updated regarding these reports of this nature and shall be in constant communication with the University administration," added the USG, which also posted emergency hotline numbers that students can call in case of suspicious activities and incidents.
Archers Network, the DLSU’s television network organization, had reported a kidnapping in the early hours of Thursday (September 15) after residents supposedly heard screams.
However, security guards in surrounding condominiums in the area said they did not receive noise complaints from residents, while police and DLSU quickly denied the allegations.
Police Brig. Gen. Andre Dizon, director of the Manila Police District, told ABS-CBN News that no kidnapping incident had been documented in the area by substations so far. Nevertheless, police visibility has been beefed up via nightly patrols done around schools.
Last month, the Philippine National Police (PNP) assured citizens that the recent spate of street crimes and kidnappings around the country do not appear to be connected. Police Col. Jean Fajardo said these were isolated incidents where suspects had differing motives.
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