Guv: ‘Pirates scare a hoax’

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

PIRATES don't exist anymore, said Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. as he allayed the concerns of residents of coastal barangays in Sagay City, Cadiz City and Manapla town who were told that their communities will be attacked by pirates.

Some of the residents panicked and even evacuated from their houses for fear.

The governor said there's no truth to radio reports that pirates have invaded northern Negros.

"That's why I would like to appeal to the people not to easily believe these reports. They have to confirm the information first," Marañon said.

The report about the pirates' invasion started Friday in Punta Roma, Barangay Old Sagay, Sagay City. Residents trooped to the house of their village head after hearing news of the arrival of the pirates on board a boat from Iloilo. The residents reportedly secured the women and the children while the men, with the barangay tanods, guarded the area.

The report turned out to be false alarm.

The same incident also took place in Barangay Bulanon also in Sagay City and in Barangay Lakawon, Cadiz City.

Mayor Lourdes Escalante of Manapla on Monday confirmed that residents in the town’s six coastal barangays also expressed alarm over the reported pirates’ invasion.

She denied the claim of some residents that the local police responded late to their emergency calls regarding the reported landing of the pirates in a place called Little Baguio in Barangay Chambery.

Escalante said that contrary to the claims, the city police and members of the Provincial Public Safety Battalion responded and cleared reports about the pirates’ landing.

The governor said the people in these coastal barangays have been badly hit by Typhoon Yolanda.

"People should verify if they hear stories such as this before leaving there houses as there could be unscrupulous individuals who may take advantage and loot their houses," Maranon said.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 03, 2013.

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