PNP assures public safety in Sibugay PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 November 2011 17:12

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay — Zamboanga Sibugay Police Provincial Director, PSSupt. Ruben D. Cariaga, Sr., has assured that the situation in Zamboanga Sibugay is under control by the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“We have things under our control and the PNP is assuring that we can keep Sibugay safe,” said Cariaga.

Cariaga revealed that there are text messages spreading all throughout the province purporting that lawless groups will attack some municipalities in the province particularly in Ipil creating panic and fear.

Cariaga said the said text messages come from unreliable sources and the PNP has nothing to do with such actions.

“We received information that few text messages are circulating around the province and all contained reports that lawless groups will launch attacks in certain municipalities like Ipil. All of these reports remain unconfirmed and all never came from our office,” Cariaga said.

According to Cariaga, people should not immediately believe in text messages and should get first-hand information from reliable sources like the PNP.

Within one week, elements of the PNP and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) were ambushed by lawless armed groups in the municipalities of Alicia, Kabasalan and Ipil.

Accompanied with reported bomb threats which later turned out to be false alarm, Zamboanga Sibugay is now considered by some people as a place of war and conflict.

With this, Cariaga called on the people to remain calm, but vigilant and watchful of things that are happening in their surroundings.

He added that the PNP welcomes reports and is asking the public to immediately coordinate with authorities as to suspicious things, people or activities in their neighborhood.

The AFP and PNP have put up more forces in Sibugay areas particularly in Ipil as one of their safety measures to prevent untoward incidents like bombing and attacks. — PIA