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AFP asks public to remain calm and avoid spreading fake news

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By Francis Wakefield

The Armed Forces of the Philippines-Public Affairs Office (AFP-PAO) has once again called for sobriety and calm on the part of the public in the light of circulating messages in the social media warning the public of more bombings.

In a statement, AFP Public Affairs Chief Col. Noel Detoyato, reminded the public to not be gullible and be wary of fake news and pranksters.

(REUTERS / MANILA BULLETIN)

(REUTERS / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Let us remain vigilant and cooperate with government security forces and other agencies in our areas,” Detoyato said.

“Report any unusual observations (people, packages, suspicious looking items) in your area and don’t forward or propagate unconfirmed and spurious messages,” he added.

Following the explosions inside and outside Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Walled City, Jolo, Sulu on Sunday which left 21 people, including soldiers and a Philippine Coast Guarrd (PCG) personnel, killed and about a hundred others hurt, text messages began circulating warning the public of more bombings.

An example of the text message revealed that the Abu Sayyaf allegedly called SM officers asking for $15 million or else they will bomb the mall.

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