Biazon rejects Munti kidnap reports

Muntinlupa Mayor Ruffy Biazon flatly denied on Friday reports circulating on social media of alleged kidnapping incidents in the city, including at Katarungan village and Bayanan area.

Biazon said he immediately asked the Muntinlupa police about the reports and they reported back to him that the news items about the alleged kidnapping cases were “false.”

The mayor urged the public to be careful in sharing information on social media, especially those that have not been validated. He warned fake news stirs up “unfounded fear” and “chaos.”

Cities in Metro Manila have increased police visibility, including Muntinlupa and neighboring Las Piñas where heavily armed cops, wearing flak jackets, had been seen patrolling using motorcycles.

Philippine National Police chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. has ordered the organization’s Anti-Cybercrime Group to monitor and hold accountable those behind the spread of fake news.

Still, the PNP has admitted to at least two kidnapping incidents that have happened lately, including the abduction of a man in Batangas who was later recovered dead of gunshot wounds in Quezon province.

Abduction or kidnapping is not included among the eight focus crimes of the PNP, but becomes part of statistics under index crimes when complexed or committed with other crimes like murder and homicide.

With Paula Antolin

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