Beng cautions anew vs text, on-line scare PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 20 October 2013 13:59

Mayor Beng Climaco has reiterated her call for people not to forward unverified circulating text messages that may cause panic and confusion among the residents.

The mayor issued the call anew yesterday, as text messages warning about presence of lawless elements in the barangays once again alarmed people that led to shortening of classes in some schools both in the east and west coasts of the city Thursday afternoon.

“Once again we urge people not to forward unverified text messages or share online posts that may create panic and fear. The people have been traumatized and to have these unverified messages circulated will only worsen the situation,” the mayor said.

City caretaker and Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. said misinformation caused the confusion in the schools. He said school administrators and principals should exercise prudence in their actions.

To verify information, the public can get in touch with the police through hotline numbers 117 or 166.

Orendain said police and military authorities are deployed to safeguard the schools, vital installations and other places of convergence and to foil any attempts from lawless elements.

Barangay officials and force multipliers have also been tasked to augment security in their respective areas of responsibility.

“We need the support and cooperation of everybody”, the city caretaker stressed, as he urged the public to remain calm but vigilant. — Sheila Covarrubias