By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso debunked rumors of hold-upping and extortion incidents in the city amid the enhanced community quarantine.
Reports of hold-upping incidents in Binondo and street dwellers blocking thoroughfares in San Andres and asking money from pedestrians and drivers spread on social media the past few days.
But Domagoso said there is no truth to these reports, citing information from the Manila Police District.
The city mayor urged the public to get the news and information they need from the Manila city government’s social media pages and from established media outlets.
“Iwasan po natin mag-share ng mga bagay na hindi natin sigurado. Magandang mag-siyasat din. Ingat lang kasi nakakadagdag pa sa stress niyo (Let us avoid sharing information that we are not sure about. It’s good to verify. Always take care because this can add to your stress),” he said in his city address Thursday night.
The local chief executive also issued warnings against those sharing false information, as well as criminals who are taking advantage of the confusion amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Maraming nagpo-post, mga fearmongering. Hindi na kayo nakakatulong, tinatakot niyo pa ang mga kababayan natin (Many people who are posting these things are just fearmongering. Not only are you not helping, you are also scaring the public),” he said.
“Wala pong nagaganap na hold-up-an sa Binondo. Hindi po totoo. At kung meron man pong magbabalak, hindi po niya mahal ang buhay niya. Kasi hindi kaila sa inyo, halos sa bawat kanto ay may pulis sa Maynila (There are no hold-upping incidents in Binondo. And for those who would attempt to commit crimes, they do not value their lives. As you know, every corner in Manila has a police officer on duty),” he added.
Thousands of police officers were deployed to man checkpoints and increase police visibility as the whole of Luzon was placed under enhanced community quarantine from March 17 to April 12.