56 teenage girls missing in Baguio, women’s group alarmed
Interaksyon.com reports that Baguio City residents have raised concerns over public safety following police confirmation that 56 teenage girls have gone missing since January this year. Two other teenage girls have been killed.
Interaksyon.com reports that Baguio City police information officer Charisma Sta. Juana told the media that 56 girls have been reported missing since January this year. She said that some of them were allegedly "runaways." On top of the alarming number, two other teenage girls have been killed.
Innabuyog/Gabriela, an alliance of women’s groups in the Cordillera region, said in a statement: "We are alarmed at the rising rate of crimes that seem to be victimizing young women. Their disappearances and tragic deaths (at) such a young age are appalling."
The group cited the case of the 16-year-old girl who had gone missing on June 3. Her body was recovered from a ravine near the city’s famed Crystal Cave on September 5. The girl’s killer had confessed to the crime and led authorities to the site.
The other case they cited involved the 16-year-old, a varsity athlete, who was dumped near a Catholic retreat house on Baguio’s Marcos Highway last August 12. The girl bore signs of sexual abuse. Concerned citizens brought her to Baguio General Hospital. She died that same day.
The Interaksyon.com report said that Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan "has blamed the media for sensationalizing the issue." However, the residents who were interviewed said that "the threat to public safety is all too real."
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