Bacolod City Vice Mayor Urged Netizens To Stop Spreading Unconfirmed Reports
BACOLOD CITY – El Cid Familiaran, vice mayor of Bacolod City recently warned netizens of spreading unverified reports on social media.
According to SunStar, Familiaran said that netizens should be careful on sharing or posting news, especially on social media, adding that sharing irresponsibly can create fear to the public.
The unverified reports were about the alleged presence of a kidnapping group from Manila and is allegedly terrorizing children and teenagers in Negros Occidental.
Familiaran clarified that it’s an old message that has been circulating on social media. He also cited that there are people who does not want to go to school due to their fear of being kidnapped.
“We should validate the report first with our authorities and the media if it’s true,”
Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Pico, spokesperson of the Bacolod City Police Office, also confirmed that they are not the source of the aforementioned hoax messages.
“We are not the source of that message. We don’t issue a statement or information without legal basis or directive from the regional office or national headquarters or from the national police commission,”
As per the report, Pico said that the message s fake and it simply cause panic to the public. He also confirmed that they are coordinating with many police stations and asks the Bacolodnons to stop spreading the said fake messages.
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