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(BY: REV. BERLIE G. YAP) Was it only a story or did it really happen? An employee to a big university, allegedly, was held-up last Friday, March 6, inside the campus. The victim added, that in the process of the offense, the attacker forced her to drink and swallow a muriatic acid. Shivering in fear, she drank, accordingly, the chemical but didn’t swallow it.

This had alarmed the entire university, which has a population of more than 6,000 students, for the allegation implied somehow a breach of the security aspect of the campus. An intrusion is a grave issue that cannot be ignored by the university’s administration.

Thus, right away, together with the police, a different investigation was conducted by the university to determine the veracity of the allegation. Just recently, the said university released an official statement as the conclusion of their investigation. Surprisingly, it has a same version with the city police investigation.

The university said, there were no suspicious individuals, whether an outsider or a student, who were around that same day in any of the campus’ vicinity who could perpetrate the alleged hold-up. For several times, the CCTV footages were reviewed by the university and the police to confirm any malice that might have taken place last Friday, but both parties found such as totally NEGATIVE.

Barangay eMedia cannot just imagine the emotions of the parents since last Friday. They could be thinking that if personnel to their children’s university are not anymore safe inside the campus, how much more their vulnerable kids. Undeniably, the said university is a prestigious school, where a number of affluent families in the City send their children to.

The recent press release must have affirmed the parents’ emotions. Let’s us remember, it is an elder’s instinct to preserve his young, come what are the circumstances around. After all, all the money parents are trying hard to earn can be useless if their very own children are exposed to life-threatening situations, which they can prevent through their capacities.

The honest question now, was the alleged hold-up only a hoax? The public are very much interested to totally know the honest-to-goodness situation of the story. The entire City trusts the university’s administration and of course the police. With the rumored fragile peace and order condition in Zamboanga and in Mindanao, nobody can’t stop any parent or citizen to become anxious when news, like this, suddenly crops-up.

Another story which is also worrying mentors all over, is the abduction of two DepEd teachers in Sibugay. Why teachers today have become suddenly a newer target for money-extraction crimes? Such folks do only receive a little income which every payday is sure debited with their earlier owes for their families’ expenses.

The abduction particularly happened in an island. Hence, anybody knows everybody. It is probable that the relatives of the abductees know the captors of their loved-ones. Another issue is the recent demand of P10m ransom. This had made the case as already a kidnapping.

Barangay eMedia opined for several times in this page the rise of the seeming industry of kidnap-for-ransom here in the South, particularly when any election is up-coming. Its recurrence is quite suspicious when it normally happens prior to any suffrage.

We sympathize to the families of the newly kidnapped teachers. Their ordeal today is not that easy, knowing that both rural mentors do only come from average families. May our government, the military and the police will give their best to rescue or gain them back safely and unharmed.

“And when the Lord smelled the pleasing aroma, the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” (Gen. 8:21-22, ESV)

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