CHIEF Inspector Ritchie Gohee, head of Police Station 4, clarified there was no kidnapping case in Bacolod City.
Gohee made the clarification after a netizen posted on a social media site Facebook that he saw a girl being forcibly dragged by five unidentified men into a white van along Circumferential Road Tuesday night.
Gohee said he immediately dispatched personnel to conduct visibility patrol and to verify the report.
He then found out that the "whole scenario" was just part of a legitimate operation conducted by the City Drug Enforcement Unit in his area of responsibility on that evening.
The post on Facebook went viral and caused alarm and fear to some of the Bacolod residents.
However, Gohee assured the public "there was nothing to fear."
Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent Francisco Ebreo, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), said that netizens should be responsible for posting information on social media.
He also urged the public to immediately report any suspicious person or sightings to police stations.
Ebreo already directed all 10 stations commanders to deploy beat patrollers in their areas of jurisdiction for a quick response.