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‘Just in time,’ father narrates kidnapping attempt of child

By Nora Soriño
Iligan City Bureau Chief .

Iligan City — A father narrated how his wife came “just in time” to snatch back their five-year-old chid from a woman who tried to kidnap their child.

Guido Hortillado said the incident happened last Thursday at about 11 am.

He said his wife was the one who was scheduled to fetch their kid, who is a kinder pupil at Tambo Central School.

Most of the pupils have been fetched by their parents when his child went out of the gate even when his wife had not arrived in the school yet.

Outside the gate, the kid was talked into coming with a woman who said she was “her friend.” The unsuspecting kid obliged and the woman held the child’s hand and they went walking into the direction of the Iligan Integrated Terminal. The terminal, to note is just a walking distance away from said school.

As the two walked towards the terminal, Hortillado’s wife arrived at the school and saw the woman with her kid. Alarmed, the father said, his wife hailed a passing passenger vehicle and was able to get back their kid. His wife had just arrived in the nick of time, Hortillado said.

Shaken by that experience, Hortillado said he immediately wrote to the principal of the school, Jane Andot and the supervisor Guillermo Fuentes. A look at the CCTV clip at the school later revealed that the woman was around 40 years old, wearing a brown  t-shirt. The  face could not be seen as the CCTV had some “blind spots.”

Hortillado said school authorities received his letter on Sept. 13. In the letter, he gave, among other some recommendations like children should not be allowed to go out of the school gate if those who are suppose to fetch them have not arrived yet.

He added that there should also be other CCTVs mounted in other parts of the school and  the City Council should come up with additional measures to prevent incidents like these to happen again.

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