Beware: Kidnapping modus operandi in Metro Manila

An incident about a modus operandi where kids are being used to kidnap kids in Metro Manila was posted by a certain Honey Santiago on her Facebook page recently.

Beware: Kidnapping modus operandi in Metro Manila

The post which is about her friend's experience is now viral online as it gives warning to the public to be vigilant and pro-active for their little ones.

Here's the full story, a repost:

July 20, 2014 around 2PM.

My husband and I were together with our almost 5 years old boy were having coffee and dessert in Sugarhouse Alabang Town Center. While having our tete-a-tete and our son galloping around us, a girl about 6 or 7 years old suddenly appeared and holding our son’s hand saying, “Come, let’s play.” Good thing my son was standing between me and my husband when this happened. Perhaps, sensing something strange, my son, instead of being his usual friendly self, came closer to us looking at me as if asking for permission if it’s ok to play with this girl.

I stared at the girl while she was holding our son’s hand and inviting him to come and play. I interrupted and asked, “Where are you going?” So she just pointed to the direction where the exit is (if you are familiar where Sugarhouse ATC is located, it is pretty much near one of the mall’s exit where commuters have easy ride access and is also near a barangay of squatters).

So I spoke to the girl in English telling her to play where I can see them, asked her questions about her parents or nanny, etc but she just stared at me blankly repeating to my son, “Come, let’s play” while tugging him to join her. It then dawned on me that this girl probably doesn’t understand English and suspicious thoughts started racing in my head so I translated my instructions and my questions turned into interrogations in Tagalog but this time with a stern and authoritative voice since her expressions, answers seems scripted and uncommon for a child. I also looked around and the girl with her age seems to be unsupervised within reasonable distance.

I asked both of them to sit in front of us so I could observe further instead of just going away, my head wrestled with my instinct refusing to believe that a child can be used as an accessory to a hideous crime such as kidnapping. The child sat but was uneasy and can’t keep still. She was just staring at our son not saying a word or anything. I can’t remember if my son tried to talk to her since I was too engrossed in observing the girl and putting pieces of the events that unfolded together.

Here are my observations:

Physical: The girl was presentably dressed in denim shorts, sandals, and a headband. But her legs are full of scars and her front teeth are mostly decaying.

Behavior: Uneasy and can’t keep still; staring at our son while raising her legs seemingly showing off her legs (which is why I noticed the scars).

Conversation: Pretends to speak English when it seems that come, let’s play are the only words she knows. The rest are in Tagalog which can be concluded as scripted.

No adult supervision around. Odd that I asked her to sit near our table with our son and until we left, no one came to pick her up. I offered to bring her to her parents but she just stared at me and pointed towards the exit again. I really looked long and hard but there is just no one visible.

To parents and adults, please be very vigilant in looking after your precious little ones. If you know you have the tendency to zone out or be absent minded or your kids tend to wander off or get friendly, take necessary precautions – talk to your children about strangers, kidnapping, and food poisoning/drugs the way they can understand. Also, be mindful too of other children as we may have to opportunity to save a child or a parent from great torment.

To ATC and other mall management, may you orient the guards and security to also spot suspicious children activities as they are being used as accessories to the crimes.

Most of all, may we increase our prayer life for protection, guidance of our families and children; conversion and repentance of the predators.

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BREAKING: Air Algerie plane with 116 on board crashes in Mali

An Air Algerie plane crashed on Thursday en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 116 passengers, including 50 French citizens on board, the airline company said.

Air Algerie plane with 116 on board crashes in Mali

On the official Twitter account of Air Algerie, it says that the plane went down about 40 miles from the Malian city of Gao.

Algerian news agency APS has reported earlier that air navigation services lost track of AH0517 about 50 minutes after takeoff at 0155 GMT (9:55 p.m. ET Wednesday).

Algerian aviation official told Reuters that the plane had crashed but did not give additional details of the incident.

Swiftair which operates Air Algerie, Algeria's national airline, says 110 passengers and 6 crew were aboard. The aircraft is an MD-83, according to Reuters.

An Air Algerie representative in Burkina Faso, Kara Terki, told a news conference that all the passengers on the plane were in transit, either for Europe, the Middle East or Canada.

Among the passengers are 24 citizens of Burkina Faso, 8 Lebanese, 6 algerians, 5 Canadians, and four Germans, Air Algerie said on Twitter.

Flight AH 5017 flies the Ouagadougou-Algiers route four times a week, AFP reported. It was supposed to land in the Algerian capital at 0510 GMT (1:10 a.m. ET Thursday), according to the Algerian newspaper The Daily Star.

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Fifty Shades Of Grey Official Trailer video is out, earns mixed reactions

Manila, Philippines - Full trailer release of the upcoming American romantic drama Fifty Shades Of Grey on Wednesday, July 24, 2014 earns mixed reactions from Filipino netizens.

Fifty Shades Of Grey_ Mr Grey and Anastasia Steele

At least three Fifty Shades -related topics occupied Twitter-trending list such as 'Fifty Shades Of Grey - Trailer', '#50ShadesofGreyTrailer' and 'Christian Grey' of which majority of tweets pertain to the actor playing the lead role.

With some netizens still hoping that Mr. Grey character being portrayed by their idol Ian Somerhalder, Matt Bomer, Chris Hemsworth, Zac Efron or Robert Pattinson.

Jamie Dornan was being cast after first choice Charlie Hunnam dropped out on the said role.

Dornan already received some reactions when the first poster of the movie with his character's face on the promotional material was released. Reaction to the picture was mixed with many disappointed fans commenting on the movie's Facebook page.

Fifty Shades Of Grey, a film directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson is scheduled for release on theaters worldwide on February 13, 2015 in time for the Valentine's Day celebration.

WATCH: Fifty Shades Of Grey Full Trailer (video)

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PNP all set for INC Centennial celebration, SONA 2014 and Eid-al-Ftr

Manila, Philippines - The Philippine National Police (PNP) is all set to provide security coverage and public safety measures in Bocaue, Bulacan on July 27, 2014 for the Centennial Celebration of Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC).

PNP all set for INC Centennial celebration, SONA 2014 and Eid-al-Ftr

The Police Regional Office 3 (PRO 3) led by Police Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta said that the PNP will provide at least 3,200 personnel for security coverage and traffic assistance in addition to the 200 AFP and 1,500 MMDA personnel, and more or less 2,000 force multipliers.

The said activity will be held at the Philippine Arena, Ciudad de Victoria, Bulacan where an approximate of two million INC members from different Ecclesiastical Districts nationwide and church congregation from almost 112 countries are expected to attend.

“The safety of the delegates and participants on the centennial celebration of INC is the primary concern of the PNP” said PCSupt Petrasanta.

Signed on July 2, 2014, President Benigno Aquino III issued Proclamation No. 815 declaring year 2014 as Iglesia Ni Cristo Centennial Year which is the largest home-grown Christian church in the Philippines established in 1914 by Brother Felix Y. Manalo.

The PNP asks for the active support of different public and private organizations to help in the successful and peaceful celebration of the event.

Furthermore, all units and offices of the PNP will be placed at Heightened Alert Status effective at 3:00 PM on July 25, 2014 for all the upcoming events in particular to INC Centennial Celebration on Sunday, State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Aquino on Monday (July 28) and Eid-al-Ftr on Tuesday (July 29). Unit Commanders are reminded to secure all vital installations, economic key points, as well as places of convergence, and ensure high state of operational readiness to deter unlawful activities.

The alert status of PROs 3, 4A, NCRPO and Special Action Force (SAF) will be upgraded to Full Alert Status effective 5:00 AM on July 26, 2014 for the SONA. Regional Directors of PROs are given the discretion to upgrade their alert level depending on the prevailing peace and order situation in their respective areas of responsibility.

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32 schools affected by SONA announce class suspensions for Monday, July 28, 2014

Manila, Philippines - At least thirty two (32) public schools announced class suspensions for Monday, July 28, 2014 to avoid traffic congestion in the areas surrounding the House of Representatives (Batasan Pambansa) where His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III will deliver his 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Schools affected by SONA announce class suspension on Monday, July 28, 2014

A memorandum issued by the Department of Education (DepEd) Quezon City Division announced the schools that will be affected by the SONA and related activities.

Related:  President Aquino 5th SONA on July 28, 2014 highlights

Here's the updated list of class suspensions for Monday, July 28, 2014 due to SONA 2014:

  • Commonwealth Elementary School
  • Pres. C. Aquino Elementary School
  • Dona Juana Elementary School
  • Holy Spirit Elementary School
  • Lagro Elementary School
  • North Fairview Elementary School
  • Bagong Silangan Elementary School
  • Culiat Elementary School
  • New Era Elementary School
  • Melencio Castelo Elementary School
  • Payatas B. Elementary School
  • Payatas C Elementary School
  • Payatas B Annex Elementary School
  • Lupang Pangako Elementary School
  • San Diego Elementary School
  • Fairview Elementary School
  • Benigno Aquino Elementary School
  • Manuel L. Quezon Elementary School
  • West Fairview Elementary School
  • Old Balara Elementary School
  • Balara Elementary Schools

Secondary Schools

  • Commonwealth High School
  • Batasan Hills National High School
  • Judge Feliciano Belmonte High School
  • Holy Spirit National High School
  • Lagro High School
  • North Fairview High School
  • Bagong Silangan High School
  • Culiat High School
  • New Era High School
  • Justice Cecilia Munoz Palma High School
  • Balara High School

The Philippine National Police (PNP) already announced the activation of Super Task-Force “KAPAYAPAAN 2014” to provide security and ensure peaceful and orderly activities during SONA of the president. Around 10,000 police personnel will be deployed on Monday, officials said.

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