18-year-old Rizza Camingawan, a legal management freshman at the UST Faculty of Arts and Letters, was reported missing by her father after a supposed immersion last December. (Photo grabbed from Roland Camingawan's Facebook page)

LEGAL management freshman Rizza Divine Camingawan is not yet home, her mother clarified on Friday, contradicting her husband Roland.

Luisa Camingawan told the Varsitarian that the 18-year-old had yet to return from a supposed immersion with farmers in Quezon Province last December.

Luisa said she was able to talk to her daughter on the phone last Jan. 16, but heard voices of other people dictating to her daughter how she should answer during the call.

“Boses niya [‘yong naririnig ko], kaya lang may mga tumatawa [sa background]. Tatlong babae ang naririnig ko. [Kapag may itatanong] ako sa kaniya, may sumasagot ng isasagot niya,” Luisa said in an interview with the Varsitarian.

“Kapag sa text, ‘di ako [sigurado] kung siya ‘yon. Kaya sabi ko tawagan ako, para mapanatag ang kalooban ko na buhay pa [siya]. Atsaka lagi kong sinasabi sa kaniya na mag-aral ka,” she added.

Luisa said she last saw her daughter on Dec. 19 when she asked permission to go to the mall. Rizza said she would be back home by evening.

In the afternoon of the same day, Luisa and Roland received a Facebook message from Rizza that she would join the immersion.

Rizza has since deactivated her social media accounts and reached out to her parents using a different mobile phone number.

READ:Father says legal mngmnt freshman ‘missing’ after ‘immersion’

Luisa also said her daughter refused to continue her studies and did not enroll this semester, but promised to be back in March.

On Jan. 17, Rizza asked her for cellphone load.

Now, Luisa isn’t sure if her daughter really is in Quezon Province, as Rizza was tight-lipped about her exact location when they talked on the phone.

Rizza’s father claimed in a text message to the Varsitarian on Thursday that Rizza returned on Wednesday night.

LOOK: Message of Roland Camingawan to the Varsitarian sent last Jan. 17.

The legal management freshman’s participation in an immersion was confirmed by the League of Filipino Students (LFS)-UST in a statement on Thursday.

The non-accredited, left-leaning student group said immersions or integration programs were part of its orientation.

The statement also mentioned that Rizza had assured her parents that she was safe and unharmed during the LFS immersion. She lost communication with her parents because of poor signal, it added.

Luisa has yet to file a report with authorities and UST officials but went to the Office of Student Affairs on Friday, before granting an interview to the Varsitarian.

“Gusto ko ‘yong tamang impormasiyon, para ma-trace siya. Kung ako lang ang masusunod, gusto ko talaga makuha ‘yong anak ko sa lalong madaling panahon, kasi nanay ako e,” Luisa said. Ahmed Khan H. Cayongcat, Angelika V. Ortega and Neil Joshua N. Servallos


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