Mayor warns public vs text messages, online scare-A A +A
Friday, September 27, 2013
ZAMBOANGA City Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, chair of the Crisis Management Committee (CMC), has advised the public to “verify circulating text messages and online scare” and to refrain from passing on messages, citing it is “part of the propaganda of the enemies” to create panic and confusion.
Salazar issued the advice after text messages saying that Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels’ reinforcements are coming circulated among residents in the city.
The text message started circulating as the government forces continue the “constriction and calibrated actions” against the remaining MNLF rebels who infiltrated Zamboanga City last September 9.
“Please refrain from forwarding unverified text messages to avoid panic and confusion. Verify these messages through our police hotline 117 or 166 and through Westmincom (Western Mindanao Command) at 09177950413. These text messages and the online scare are part of the propaganda of the enemies of the state intended to sow terror and fear among the residents,” Salazar said.
“Let us brace for more, as these kinds of text messages will continue to haunt us in the coming days. Our land, sea and air assets are on alert and in place to maintain peace and order and to prevent any reinforcement from the rouge forces that will try to come in to our city,” she added.
She advised the residents to remain calm but vigilant and to report any presence of unfamiliar people in their community acting suspiciously.
“This is also intensified by our Barangay Vigilance in augmenting security. Each resident is also called to contribute to peace and security,” she added.
Meanwhile, Salazar said the curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. will remain, as “this is our way of also helping our troops in efficiently carrying out their operations and heightened security in all our roads, entry and exit points.” (Bong Garcia)