19 January 2016

What Happened to 'TF Sagip-Anghel'?

A few months ago, it was reported that the police has intensified its efforts to track down children who were reported missing.

According to GMA News' Maki Pulido's report on "News To Go," the Philippine National Police (PNP) has created a special task force (Task Force Sagip-Anghel) to address cases of missing children.

The task force is composed of officers from the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) under the supervision of Chief Superintendent Christopher Laxa, NCRPO deputy director for operations.

Among those who are being sought by authorities are Kevin Rodrigo, 9, who never came home after he was asked to buy bread at a local store near their house; Rafael Trinio, 4, who was kidnapped near his house in Sta. Cruz, Manila last November 2012; Dada Mateo, 10, a special child, missing since March 2013; Jael Flores, 3, who was taken in December 2012 while playing near their home in Taguig in Metro Manila.

In light of these cases, Chief Inspector Kimberly Molitas of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) reminded parents to ensure the security of their children.

"Ayaw po nating isisi sa mga magulang natin 'yung mga nangyayari, ngunit ang sinasabi po natin ay maging mas vigilant ang mga magulang, mas bantayan pa nila ang kanilang mga anak lalo na kung wala pa sa age of reason," she said.

"Kailangan po siguro, further parental guidance. Mas palawigin pa ang pagdidisiplina sa kanilang mga anak at sa pagbabantay rin," she added.

At the same time, Molitas said police in Metro Manila will strictly impose curfew in the region to prevent possible kidnapping of children.

"There are already existing ordinances relating to curfew and what we will work out is the strict implementation of these ordinances," Molitas told reporters at a press briefing at Camp Crame.

Most of the ordinances said curfew starts at 10:00 P.M. and last until 4:00 A.M. the following day.

Hoever, almost a year after Task Force Sagip-Anghel was formed, the public are still unaware what were the development in their pursuit to recover the missing children. Anybody has any idea how many were found or if the group was successful at all?