Beng asks Zambo folks not to cause panic with unverified text messages PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 September 2016 11:47


The City Government together with the police and military have urged the public to avoid forwarding or circulating unverified text messages as these cause panic and confusion.

Mayor Beng Climaco said these text messages should be verified through hotline 117 or the police number 166.

Prank messages orchestrated by unscrupulous individuals have been circulating the past days causing panic among people. The messages purportedly forewarn about bomb attacks in identified areas in the city but authorities have dismissed the same as a hoax intended mainly to sow panic and terror.

Climaco called on residents to remain vigilant at all times and to support and cooperate with authorities stressing that the police and the military are exhausting their best efforts to keep Zamboanga City safe utilizing land, air and sea assets.

The mayor appealed to residents to report to authorities the presence of suspicious individuals or abandoned baggage or items as well as vehicles and help thwart lawlessness.

Strengthened police and military visibility and patrols in all areas of convergence and vital installations form part of the security precautions in place in the light of possible spillover of the ongoing military operation in Sulu and the Friday night explosion in Davao City.

Early Saturday morning, Mayor Climaco convened the security sector to reassess the security details. Later in the evening, the chief executive together with City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Dr. Elmeir Apolinario joined Task Force Zamboanga Chief Col Juvymax Uy and City Police Deputy for Administration PSupt. Diomarie Albarico in doing patrols to demonstrate the coordinative efforts between the local government and the police and military in ensuring the safety and security of the city and its residents. — Sheila Covarrubias