An Ateneo student was reportedly kidnapped inside the campus of the university last month, an Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) official confirmed.
According to the official statement of ADMU Vice President Fr. Nemesio Que, SJ, “a kidnapping incident, involving a student of the Loyola Schools, occurred last Thursday, 21 November 2013, between 6-6:30pm in the North Car Park of the Loyola Heights campus.”
The university did not disclose the identity or any further information about the student, assuring the ADMU community that the latter has been released and safe now.
“We wish to assure the University community that the student was released, ungarmed, and that no ransom was paid. By God’s grace, our student has returned to the campus and now attends classes,” Que said in the statement.
Because of the incident, the university will be implementing immediate short-term measures while studying more long-term policies.
Additional lighting and more roving guards will be deployed in the parking areas and stricker rules will be imposed in the entry and exit of people and vehicles on campus.
“For this reason, we earnestly request the full cooperation of each of the Ateneo community as we implement additional measures. Let us all remember that as a community, it is incumbent upon us to do our part,” Que said.
The Vice President of the university is appealing to everyone to “report any suspicious characters or behaviour to the university’s Security Office at 426-6001 loc 4111; mobile 0999-992-5715; or the ADSA Hotline 0920-914-2372. May I also remind all students, faculty and employees to wear their ID cards at all times.”