Friday, June 23, 2017

Public warning AFP:Stop spreading unverified reports

From the Mindanao Times (Jun 23): Public warning AFP:Stop spreading unverified reports

THE ARMED Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will impose a stricter implementation on communication security procedures to prevent leaking internal reports that may cause public panic.

Speaking during yesterday’s AFP-PNP press conference, Brig. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, spokesperson of Martial law in Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom), also urged the public not to spread unverified information.
Gapay said they have been receiving raw reports on threats and plans of terrorists to attacks major cities in Mindanao as diversionary attacks to ease the pressure in Marawi City.

He said each raw report is being verified by their operating unit, and the information will only be disseminated publicly once it is confirmed.

“Maybe along the way, there were some leaks that cause panic to the civilians,” Gapay said citing the recent spread of false threat report in Metro Manila.

He said they are reviewing their standard operating procedures to avoid the dissemination of raw and unconfirmed reports coming from their end.
Gapay said government security units, such as AFP and Philippine National Police, have corresponding sanctions to violators of communication security procedures. Those who violated the protocol, he said, will face administrative case and the penalty will be based on the gravity of the offense.

He said that they are reminding their personnel not to post sensitive information on social media, particularly on Facebook, to avoid causing false alarm.

With this, Gapay also urged the public not to spread unverified reports, especially sharing such on Facebook.

“We know some of you have already received such information,” Gapay said. “Let’s not forward it immediately.”

He said some sectors who like to create panic in the city may post such false reports.

As much as possible, Gapay said they want a daily “interaction and forum to inform the public on what’s happening.”

Gapay asked the public to always be vigilant so law and order will be maintained.

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