Celso urges public to be wary of rumor mongers PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 February 2013 10:40

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday issued an urgent appeal to residents of the City to remain calm but vigilant in the wake of the proliferation of false and fabricated text messages that intend to sow fear and panic.

Lobregat suspects that there is a concerted effort to make or create a situation where people will be panicky or fearful and terrified.  “This is the worst thing that can be done, this is rumor mongering”.

The other day, text messages telling about a purported abduction of teachers in Arena Blanco circulated while yesterday, text messages about a supposed explosion in a department store also filled the airwaves.

“These are all false. Unfortunately there are unscrupulous individuals who want to create chaos, terror and panic. Alegre sila mira si ta sale distorbao el tranquilidad”, Lobregat lamented saying “we know their motives”.

He said: “We appeal to people to remain calm but vigilant and to make sure that when they receive these kind of messages, please don’t pass this to other people but verify it with the authorities”.

He said people spreading false information are doing a disservice to the City and to the people of Zamboanga. 

Lobregat urged the residents to verify all information with proper authorities and not to pass on the false information to other texters, as it is a way of giving these unscrupulous individuals the pleasure of achieving their evil intentions.

The mayor likewise appealed to the media to refrain from airing such text messages without verifying the information. “We appeal to the media to disseminate proper, verified and true information”.

Meanwhile, the Chief Executive said the authorities are exerting all efforts to curb all forms of criminality and ultimately to maintain peace and tranquillity in Zamboanga.
He said he is in constant touch with police authorities regarding all issues related to public safety and that the City Government is also doing its role to support and assist
law enforcement agencies in all manners possible. — Sheila Covarrubias