Armed men rumor triggers evacuation in Mampang PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 10:47

Hundreds of Mampang residents abandoned their homes Sunday night as rumor spread that armed men were seen in that barangay,

The Tetuan Police Station had received a report from a resident of Mampang that there were armed men believed to be MNLF rebels in the barangay’s mangroves.

Policemen led by City Police Director Sr. Supt. Dennis Basngi and soldiers from the Task Force Zamboanga rushed to the area  to check the report.

It was learned that a certain Kan Yusop, a fisherman and a resident of Purok 4, Mampang,reportedly saw four armed men at the mangroves near Estrada compound around 7:30 p.m.

Yusop went around telling residents what he saw. This made the people panic and an evacuation ensued.

Residents went to the Mampang Elementary School where they spent the night while others returned to their homes after the police and military assured there were no MNLF rebels in the area.

The September 9 MNLF attack is still fresh on the minds of residents of Mampang and other affected barangays and they are still reeling from the trauma they underwent in the three-week standoff.

Last week,pPandemonium broke loose at the Don Gregorio Evangelista Memorial School (GEMS) in Sta. Catalina after loose information claimed there was firefight nearby.

Parents rushed to the school to fetch their children after hearing from an unidentified source that a gunfight was taking place near the school campus.

Sta. Catalina Barangay Chairman Belman Malandi, Kagawad Jimmy Villaflores and other officials rushed to the school and caught parents rushing out of the campus bringing along with them their children.

Villaflores and Malandi clarified that nothing had happened in Sta. Catalina and nearby barangays and that the reported firefight was false.

It was learned that two parents arrived in the school and took their children. While on their way out, they were telling others there was a reported firefight near the school.

Other parents upon hearing of the the hoax report, also rushed to the school and take their children home. — Dan Toribio Jr.