MANILA - The chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is offering a P200,000 reward to anyone who could give information that would lead to the arrest of suspects who are using a heavily-tinted van to abduct and rape their suspects at the Magallanes Interchange.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said at least three people have been victimized by the rapists. All three were abducted in the area near EDSA Magallanes.
In the first incident, a 21-year-old student was allegedly abducted by four men on a van along EDSA-Magallanes and raped by the suspects inside the vehicle.
Speaking to ABS-CBN, "Maricel" (not her real name) said she was on her way home from school at around 6:30 p.m. last September 30 when she noticed a van following her.
When the van was beside her, she said the men inside suddenly grabbed her and forced her inside the vehicle.
"Bigla po nilang hinablot yung bag ko. Akala ko po holdap kasi yung bag ko po yung kinuha. Nagulat po ako pati yung braso ko hinatak rin po nila," she said.
There were four men inside the van, including the driver, she said.
"Sinasampal po nila ako, sabi manahimik ako, ganun. Ang huli ko na lang po nakita naglalagay po sila ng condom."
She said the suspects covered her nose with a handkerchief soaked in a chemical, causing her to lose consciousness.
She said it was already around 3 a.m. the next day when she woke up in a grassy area in Malolos, Bulacan.
She was naked from the waist down and her whole body ached, she said.
A woman and her daughter helped Maricel, gave her clothes and food, and accompanied her to Monumento.
On November 3, a 14-year-old girl was also abducted by men on board a van along Kalayaan Avenue in Makati while she was on her way to school. She was also raped by the suspects.
She was able to escape from her abductors after the suspects stopped at a gasoline station.
A newspaper report said a 19-year old transgender woman was on her way to school when three men on board a heavily-tinted van grabbed her and pushed her inside the vehicle in broad daylight at the Magallanes Interchange near EDSA and sexually abused her.
Tolentino said additional CCTV cameras will be installed within the vicinity to augment the current monitoring system.
"I will also ask the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) to assign additional personnel to serve as crime deterrent," he said.