Missing boy in Parañaque rescued in Las Piñas


A 10-year-old boy who was reported missing since last week was rescued by members of the Station Investigation and Detective Management Section of the Parañaque City police from a  man who was forcing him to beg on the streets on Saturday, Aug. 5, in Las Piñas City.


Photo from the Paranaque City Police


Southern Police District (SPD) Director Brig. Gen. Roderick Mariano identified the suspect as James De Mesa.

Based on the report of the Parañaque City police, the suspect was arrested at around 6:00 p.m. along Tramo St., Evergreen, Barangay Pulang Lupa Uno, Las Piñas City.

The mother of the victim sought the assistance of the Parañaque City police when her son went missing since July 27. On the advice of the police, she posted the photo of her son and his other details on social media.

Five days after her posting,  netizens provided important information which led to the identification of the suspect who was allegedly forcing the young boy to beg.

A resident allegedly saw the boy, together with the suspect, and immediately reported this to barangay officials who coordinated with the Parañaque City police, leading to the arrest of De Mesa.

Mariano thanked the online community members and concerned citizens who played a pivotal role in identifying the suspect. 

The suspect is now detained at the Parañaque City police custodial facility and was charged for violation of  the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.