BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Anxiety hits social media anew after rumors of van-riding abductors swirled through private messages prompting the local police to issue a statement calling it fake news.
The rumors, spread through Facebook private messages, spread like wildfire with one netizen who sent DNX a copy of the screenshot, prefacing it with the message: “Bacolod is again in danger.”
The rumors start with the sentence written in Hiligaynon and partly in jejemon “gurls halong gid kamo haaa kay kaina player ka vb upod namon gahibi gd sa pkdto soc hall kay may nagbutong soya, mayo lng nkabuya saa” which roughly translates to:
“Girls, take care because earlier a vb player was with us and she was crying all the way to soc hall because someone grabbed her but she was able to flee.”
When DNX asked the sender of the message about the source, he said there have been “lots of reports” from individuals but did not specify anyone when asked for a person to interview.
The sender, who ran as an independent candidate but lost in the last polls, also sent two alphanumeric combinations after he sent a message “the vans have already been identified.”
The messages added the vans are roaming around here and there have already been two attempts, both near private universities, all on busy roads.
The “reported” abduction attempts started to spread less than a week after this city was stirred by what was first reported as the harrowing tale of a young woman, 23, who claimed she was abducted, drugged, and repeatedly raped Thursday, 18 August 2022 but was able to flee from her captors early in the morning of 19 August.
Sherlock Gabana, however, a police lieutenant who is the local spox, told DNX early today, 24 August 2022, that the information is fake news as the supposed attempts to abduct women all turned out to be false.
His deputy, Lieutenant Liberty Indiape later added they have checked police stations that cover the places where both incidents happened.
The stations said they have not received complaints or reports about these attempted abductions.
Station 4 that has jurisdiction over the two places where the supposed abductions took place, reported no complaint or logged no reports from residents related to it.
It’s chief, Major Ritchie Gohee, told DNX the supposed abductions are “recycled claims” that have been rehashed through several years.