Student in hot water for kidnap hoax
THE 21-year-old female student who admitted to lying about being kidnapped by foreigners finds herself in deeper trouble.
This after both the Cebu City police and a company official are considering to file charges against her.
Chief Insp. Jacinto Mandal, Carbon police precinct chief, said he was told by Senior Supt. Joel Doria, Cebu City police chief, to file charges against the student sometime this week.
The student may also face charges from a businesswoman whose vehicle was supposedly used to kidnap the student.
Her family earlier reported her situation to the Punta police precinct who then relayed the case to the Carbon police.
The student’s family said she contacted them through Facebook Messenger hours after she went missing early last Monday.
But their communication was cut off by a warning supposedly posted by one of her “kidnappers” in her Facebook account.
The student was later found in the evening by police in Barangay Jubay, Liloan town.
Mandal said doubts about her kidnap claim were reinforced when they didn’t see any bruises on her despite her claim that she was mauled by her “kidnappers.”
Recovered from the student were one cellphone, one tablet and a USB charger with cord that she claimed was used to tie her hands.
The student admitted that she lost P4,000 in cash proceeds from the sale of books that was entrusted to her by a college dean.
She said she was told by the dean to pay back the money after she lost it in one of the school’s lockers.
Tumulak told reporters that the city government and police traced the license plate number PMQ 128 to a vehicle owned by an executive officer of a major company.
Tumulak said the official who is based in Luzon denied that her vehicle was used in a kidnapping and will send security footage along with a security guard’s affidavit as evidence.
“The car owner had no idea how the girl managed to know about her plate number. The plate number is not fake but is actually registered and there were no records of the vehicle being used in any crime since 2010,” Tumulak said.
Though she didn’t mention about filing cases, Tumulak said she told him that she will consult her lawyers about what legal action to take in response to her claim.
“We cannot take legal processes since there is no existing law for incidents like this but hopefully through Congress or local ordinances, we can create a law out of this,” Tumulak said in Cebuano.
Tumulak said the family should take the student to counseling.
“If possible, she and her family should go to the nearest church to seek spiritual guidance.
The church is open at all times and we have priests,” he said. /with USC Intern Therese Mae Alegado
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