Ateneo kidnap victim’s saga gets confusing: She and her family say abduction happened, the police say it didn’t

We don’t know what to think anymore. (But we’re glad she’s safe.)

For the past few days, the story of Bea Mata, 20, a fourth year college student at the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) has perplexed a lot of people.


It all began on Nov 29, when Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) President Fr. Nemesio Que, SJ released a statement confirming that Mata (who was not mentioned by name in the statement) was abducted inside the campus at around 6 p.m. last November 21. Que explained that Mata had been released unharmed even if her parents didn’t pay  the P250,000 ransom demanded by the kidnappers. Mata’s Brian reportedly asked the kidnappers to lower the amount to P30,000.


Shortly after Que’s statement got publicized, the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) said that they didn’t believe that Mata was kidnapped. In fact, they more or less accused her of staging her own kidnapping. Mata’s father was dismayed over the police’s reaction.


A TV Patrol report detailed Mata’s experience. She disclosed that she had been overpowered by four men as she was getting into her car. The men had covered her head with a bonnet and they drove around with her for seven hours. After that, the men just suddenly abandoned her in her car at around 2 a.m. on November 22. Mata said she then ran to a store and called her family to come and get her.


For more on this story, watch the TV Patrol report.

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