PNP Warns Public Against Spreading Fake News About Incidents of Abduction
ABDUCTION INCIDENTS – The Philippine National Police warned the public against spreading unconfirmed abduction incidents.
On Monday (December 2, 2019), PNP described the unconfirmed incidents of abduction throughout Metro Manila as fake news. The alleged abductions are already spreading like a wildfire on social media.
The videos about the ‘White Van’ allegedly kidnapping young children and teenagers were first uploaded in 2014 but it was repeatedly posted up to this present time. The alleged abduction videos have been re-uploaded as the number of missing people increases.
PNP spokesperson Police Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac warned those who are causing undue public alarm online could face corresponding sanctions and penalties for violating the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
“We are appealing to social media users to avoid sharing or forwarding these kinds of posts so as not to cause undue public alarm and panic. Let’s wait for the result of the investigation of a task force validating the report,” Banac said.
The police authorities are also encouraging the families of the victims to coordinate with them immediately. They also explained that missing persons and abduction reports should not be lumped together because some of them might just run away from home.
Pasay City government has also ordered the barangay officials and police authorities to implement curfew hours from 10:00 pm until 4:00 am.
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