Child with Rugby-Sniffing Couple in Viral Video Rescued

Written by PSUPT CHRISTINE S TAN on . Posted in News Release

A video footage went viral on Facebook two weeks ago with a caption "To whom it may concern. Please SAVE the child. Location Sevilla St. Zamboanga City" with 589 shares and 43,000 views, wherein a minor was seen with a couple inhaling “rugby solvent” contained in a cellophane at the said place.

Personnel from Women and Children Protection Center – Mindanao Field Unit immediately coordinated with the WCPD, ZCPS 11 to validate the report. Joint elements of WCPC-MFU and WCPD, ZCPS11 proceeded to the said area but said couple and the minor could no longer be found.

On January 23, 2017, at about 11:50 AM, as the elements of WCPC-MFU were conducting monitoring activity in their AOR, the team spotted the said couple with the minor. At about 1:30 PM of the same date, joint elements of WCPC-MFU and ZCPS11 conducted a joint rescue operation at Claveria St., Zamboanga City which resulted in the rescue of the minor victim together with the couple with no permanent address. The authorities are now conducting in-depth investigation for the filing of appropriate case against the couple. 

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