MARIKINA, Philippines – An old woman has been arrested after attempting to kidnap a minor in Jesus dela Peña, Marikina City on Monday. Meanwhile, two men were also arrested for reportedly attempting to kidnap children in Quezon City.
The CCTV in the area caught 70-year-old Gloria Payos approaching several kids playing in an alley who refused to go with her.
She then approached a young girl eating outside their house and pulled her by the hand. The child’s parents immediately saw what happened and prevented the attempt.
“Hinawakan niya po ‘yung kamay ng anak ko tapos pilit niya po sinasama pero bigla pong tumakbo; pumiglas po ‘yung anak ko,” according to one of her parents.
(She took my daughter’s hand and forced her to come with her; my daughter tried to free herself.)
Payos quickly left the scene but again, attempted another kidnapping in another area.
The parents reported the incident to the police resulting in the arrest of the suspect.
“Tamang-tama na dumaan din ‘yung mobile natin doon sa kalye na ‘yon, tinawag po ‘nung isang mother nung biktima kaya ang ginawa ng mga tao natin, mga pulis natin, dinala muna sa barangay,” according to Commander of Police Community Precinct 5 Marikina City Psupt. Mauro Gerrero.
(It is proper timing that our mobile was plying that same street. One of the victims’ mothers called out, so our policemen took the suspect to the barangay.)
Meanwhile, two men suspected of kidnapping children in Quezon City were brought to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig.
They were identified as Danilo Bacabis and Bonifacio Lababo, both are residents of Quezon City.
Witness of the incident verified the kidnapping attempt of the two suspects.
“Iyon nga po, nakita nga daw po niya iyan na nakasumbrero, naka-shades, tapos dala po iyang gitara. Inaalok po siya; bibigyan siya ng maraming coins at tsaka maraming chocolates,” another parent said.
(They saw him wearing a hat and shades while carrying his guitar. He offered the children coins and chocolates.)
“Kasama niya po ‘yung kapatid niya anim na taon. May van na nakaabang. Nakatakbo lang sila magkapatid kaya hindi sila nakuha,” another parent said.
(He was with his six-year-old sibling. There was a van nearby. They were able to run so they were not caught.)
The suspects said they were only in the neighborhood to busk for donations and that they were only forced to admit to the crime.
“Inamin ko lang iyon para tigilan nila ako sa pananakit sa akin,” Lababo said.
(I only admitted it so they will stop hurting me.)
The Philippine National Police (PNP) will thoroughly investigate the incident and is currently in custody of the suspects who are facing Attempted Abduction in relation to Republic Act 7610.
“Sa ngayon, walang batang nawawala. Pero doon kasi sa incident kanina, nakuha niya ’yung bata, nakaalis lang at nakapiglas So, ni-report siya ngayon, kinuyog na siya ng mga tao doon. Dinala sa barangay, ina-identify ngayon ng bata,” according to Regional Director of National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) PDIR. Guillermo Eleazar.
(There are currently no missing children. But during the incident earlier, she was able to kidnap one child but that child was able to escape. Residents ganged up on her and also filed a report against her. She was brought to the barangay and the child was able to identify her.) –Aileen Cerrudo with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.