MANILA, Sept. 8, 2015— A Catholic archbishop has expressed alarm over a spate of kidnapping incidents in Batangas province.
Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles over the weekend alerted his priests and Catholic school administrators against the recent abductions of school children.
“The news of kidnapping of children in the province, most especially in Batangas province, is very alarming,” said Arguelles in a text message to school officials.
“Please alert everyone, especially parents, elders and schools about this serious danger,” he added.
The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) also echoed the archbishop’s appeal, as it called on authorities to ensure the security of the children.
“We enjoin the local governments in ensuring the security of our local communities and the safety of our children,” said Anthony Coloma, CEAP spokesperson.
At least 10 children went missing in separate kidnapping incidents in the province in recent weeks.
Local authorities have been investigating the cases with increased police visibility around schools and communities. (R. Lagarde / CBCPNews)