Fact check: Video of white van randomly ‘kidnapping’ a student in Manila

Fact check: Video of white van randomly ‘kidnapping’ a student in Manila

- A video of a supposed CCTV footage “kidnapping” a student has been circulating on social media

- The footage shows a man standing on the sidewalk and suddenly abducted by a person who alighted from a white van

- The white van immediately drove away after kidnapping the supposed student

- However, it has been reported that the claim was false and misleading the public

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A video has been trending on social media after claiming that it was a CCTV footage of a white van roaming around and “kidnapping” people.

However, KAMI learned that the claim was misleading.

As reported by Rappler, the video shows a man standing alone on the sidewalk when a white van stopped in front of him and quickly grabbed him into the van.

The video was posted by Facebook page Deepfreeze with a caption that read: “Grabe ganto pala nangyayari sa mga nakukuha ng puting van! Kaya dapat lahat magingat, mapa bata man o matanda!”

Rappler reported that the claim was false and the video was staged.

The Manila Police District (MPD) said that upon investigation, they learned that the video was made by a group of teenagers as a prank just for fun. The video first circulated on social media in April 2019.

The alleged kidnapping incident happened in Santa Ana, Manila on April 14, 2019.

Another incident of the alleged kidnapping was caught by a CCTV camera on the same date. The MPD compared the two videos and noticed that the purported victim was the same.

One of the teenagers involved in the prank confessed that they only staged the video and imitated what they saw on social media.

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In a previous report by KAMI, The Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac claimed that circulating social media posts regarding a supposed white van abducting people are “fake news” and was not validated.

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