Cops deny that kidnappings and killings occurred near Manila university

University of Santo Tomas’ facade. Photo: Jonathan Cellona/ABS-CBN News

Just because something was posted on social media doesn’t mean it’s true.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) yesterday denied there were killers and kidnappers on the loose at the area surrounding the University of Santo Tomas in Sampaloc, Manila.

The police said the rumors circulating online saying otherwise are false.

On Twitter, a few tweets mentioned the kidnapping incidents which allegedly occurred near the school.

@vananacien wrote: “Kidnapping along Padre Noval [Street] is an old issue. UST should do something about that.”

Padre Noval is a street located near UST.

@_JYCM2 reiterated that there was a kidnapping that allegedly occurred near UST as well as other crimes including homicide.

User @dmrtnda wrote: “[B]een seeing news of kidnapping/killing/suicide in the UST area and right in front of our condo. Friends who knows (sic) pls confirm which ones are true because I’ve been searching and people are saying different things.”

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Chief Superintendent Philip Ines of the Sampaloc Police said in Filipino: “We did not receive any reports about kidnappings occurring in our area or in the university’s area.”

However, he said that there were thieves caught near the university’s campus on Tuesday night.

Ines also asked the public to report any suspicious-looking individuals roaming around the university, reported Remate.

This was also supported by Senior Inspector Ana Lourence Simbajon of the Manila Police District’s (MPD) public information office. She said that no one was kidnapped, stabbed, or gunned down near UST, Manila Bulletin reported.

However, MPD said they have assigned more cops to the area surrounding the school.

Coconuts Manila called the MPD and they also denied the rumors.

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