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Suspects Behind Total Lockdown Audio Clip Circulating Online is Being Hunt by NBI

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is now tracking the suspects behind the audio clip circulating online warning of a total lockdown.

The NBI has begun tracking down these distributors of fake information, according to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra. If they are located, Guevarra assured that the NBI agents will arrest them.

“The NBI has started tracking these purveyors of false information and will arrest them if found,” Guevarra said in a message to reporters.

Lockdown Audio Clip Suspects

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In respect to the Cybercrime Law, they will be prosecuted with, among other things, unauthorized use of publishing and unlawful statements under the Revised Penal Code. Acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles has already rejected the audio clip, calling the charges baseless and unfounded.

According to the audio tape, President Rodrigo Duterte is going to announce a nationwide lockdown if COVID-19 cases continue to rise to new highs. To avoid anxiety, Guevarra encouraged the public not to share the the fake voice clip. He also urged people to refrain from panic shopping and stockpiling necessities.

“I ask netizens to stop sharing these voice clips to prevent alarm, panic buying, and hoarding of essential goods,” he said.

The Philippines set a new record for new COVID-19 infections for the third day in a row on Monday, with 33,169 new cases. This boosted the total number of active cases to 157,526 across the country.

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