Police authorities belied rumors that the seven teenagers in Pasay City who were initially reported missing were abducted.
Pasay City police chief PCol. Bernard Yang said the teens were not taken by force but voluntarily boarded a white van.
“Base sa kapatid ng isa sa nawawala ay makikipagkita lang ang kapatid niya sa isang kaibigan niya. At nang matapos mag meet up ay hindi na umuwi ang kanyang kapatid. Ganon din yung sa puting van na nawawala. Makikita sa video na mukhang kakilala nga nila at walang resistance,” Yang said.
(According to the sister of one of the missing, her sibling was to meet a friend. But after the meet-up her sibling did not return home. The same goes for the missing white van. We can see on the video that it seems like the teens are familiar [with the people inside it], and there was no resistance.)
Yang added that these teens were members of two groups.
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) acting director PBGen. Debold Sinas, meanwhile, confirmed that these teens are involved in the illegal drug trade.
“Yung apat involved in selling, yung tatlo dito nagbigay ng affidavit ang kapatid nag-o-online sila pero ang cover nila sa online ay sapatos ang binibenta […] Ang theory namin baka hindi nakapag remit ang mga ito […] Most likely baka ang mga ito ay nagtaguan at hindi sinasabi sa pamilya,” Sinas said.
(Four are involved in selling. A sibling gave an affidavit testifying that three of the teens are into online selling, but the cover is selling of shoes […] Our theory is that perhaps these teens were not able to remit […] Most likely they went into hiding without telling their families.)
Meanwhile, the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) has also clarified that the ten teenagers who were also initially reported missing since August are now all accounted for.
Authorities said some of the female teenagers went off with their boyfriends, while the others had run away from home because of misunderstanding with their families. (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf
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