The Philippine National Police (PNP) is looking into all the possible angles, including drug involvement, for the case of the nine missing children in Pasay City.
According to Pasay City Chief of Police PCol. Bernard Yang, one of the missing children is allegedly involved in illegal drugs and is listed on the drug watch list.
“Sa ngayon hindi po natin masasabi pa na may involment ang mga bata sa droga pero hindi po rin natin isinasantabi po iyan, (For now we cannot say that the children are involved in illegal drugs but we are not discounting the the possibility),” he said.
The PNP also belied reports that the missing children were recruited by leftist groups. Authorities also continue to coordinate with the parents for additional information including CCTV footage.
However, Yang lamented how the parents of the missing children went on social media to post about the case and not to the authorities.
“Sa totoo lang doon din po kami nagtataka mas nauna pa po pinost nila sa social media bago po nag-report sa amin, (To be honest we were wondering why they posted on social media first before reporting to us),” he said.
“Hindi tama na mag-post lamang sa [Facebook] ang kailangan pumunta agad sa mga kapulisan upang i-report ang mga pangyayari at mabigyan ng aksyon (It is not right to just post on Facebook, they first need to go to the police to report the incident),” Yang added.
Meanwhile, the PNP reminds parents to always check on their kids and always be aware of their whereabouts.—AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)
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