Mindanao Times

Norwegian released


THE NORWEGIAN “invited” by the police on Wednesday for bringing two male minors inside a hotel along Sta. Ana Avenue has been released.

After a thorough investigat­ion, the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) accepted the explanatio­n of the 53-year-old foreigner, name withheld, and the relatives of the children that there was no ill motive in the action of the foreigner.

Capt. Nolan Tagsip, the DCPO spokespers­on, said there was no indication of abuse.

It was verified based on the documents and evidence presented, Tagsip said.

The wife of the Norwe-( gian who is the mother of one of the minors and the mother of the other child went to the DCPO to clarify the matter.

It was learned that the Norwegian is legally married to a Filipina, who is the mother of the 10-year-old boy and aunt of the eightyear-old boy.

Tagsip said the parents and the children were consistent with their statements during the interview conducted by the Womens and Children and Protection Desk (WCPD) and the Social Workers of City Social Service and Developmen­t Office (CSSDO).

The minors were released to the mothers as well as the Norwegian late

Wednesday afternoon.

DCPO director Col. Alexander Tagum said they received a report on Wednesday that there was a foreigner who was bringing in two minors inside a hotel along Sta. Ana Avenue on Wednesday.

Operatives of the Davao City Police Office– Women and Children’s Protection Desk (WCPD) and the City Social Services and Developmen­t Office immediatel­y went to the hotel to “invite” the foreigner for an inquiry.

“They conducted an interview with the foreigner and he was invited to the WCPD office,” Tagum said.

The foreigner, Tagum said, explained stated that he accompanie­d his wife’s children and nephew to the hotel since his wife went to Agusan to get some documents.

The Norwegian national was able to present his passport, birth certificat­e, and marriage contract.

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