FOR causing alarm to the public, Mandaue City Mayor Gabriel Luis Quisumbing will summon the woman who posted on Facebook that a kidnapping took place in Barangay Tabok.
Quisumbing said the post is a hoax, prompting him to remind the public to be responsible in what they post on social networking sites.
Last Saturday evening, Facebook user Sanche Rosell said in her account that two women were kidnapped past 6 p.m. in Barangay Tabok.
She asked the public, especially children and teenagers, to be vigilant.
“According sa mga nakakita nagbarug ra to ang duha ka babaye atbang sa Toyota nya naay naabot nga van. Ang mga kidnappers kay armado og armalite unya naay daghan babaye sulod sa van. (Witnesses of the incident said the two women were standing in front of the Toyota showroom when a van arrived. The kidnappers were armed and several women were already inside the van),” read Rosell’s post.
“Alarming kaayo ning hitaboa. Abi ko man sa Manila ra naa’y ingani, naa man pud diay diri sa Cebu. Hinaot masalbar pa tong mga na-kidnap. (This incident is alarming. I thought this only happens in Manila but it also exists in Cebu. I hope the women will be rescued),” it added.
The post was shared 471 times as of last Sunday afternoon.
According to Quisumbing, the police, barangay officials and a team from the City Command Center looked into the matter and said “there is no absolute evidence that this incident happened.”
“It appears that somebody is making things up on social media. Be that as it may, we take any threats, any reports seriously but there seems to be no evidence to support the post,” he said.
“I have directed the City Legal Office to find the Facebook user who posted the article and we will be inviting her for questioning,” he said.
The mayor also said he is looking into the possibility of filing charges against the person.
“If this is just a case of someone trying to raise an alarm, then definitely, we will consider filing a case because this has caused undue stress. This has caused anxiety among the people of Mandaue City and I will not tolerate that,” he said.
Sun.Star Cebu sent a message to Rosell through Facebook to get her side.
She explained that her brother-in-law asked her to be vigilant whenever she goes out.
He had heard rumors that there were women who were kidnapped by armed individuals.
“I believe the people also just heard this rumor. I was shocked because I was also thinking about the safety of my friends, relatives and myself. I know this is alarming but I posted it on Facebook so the people will be aware,” she said.
Due to the criticisms she’s been receiving, Rosell deactivated her Facebook account yesterday morning.
Quisumbing instructed the Mandaue City Police Office to check if there are posts similar to Rosell’s and record this in the blotter for the possible filing of criminal charges.