From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 30): SoCot cops dismiss impending Maute attack in Polomolok
Police authorities here Friday dismissed reports circulating in the social media about an impending attack by Maute terrorist groups in this town.
Senior Supt. Franklin Alvero, provincial police director, said the reports were not true and must be dismissed outright.
However, Alvero said the police remained on top of the peace and order situation in South Cotabato’s 10 municipalities and one city.
Earlier, Chief Insp. Geovanni Ladeo, Polomolok town police chief, appealed to netizens to refrain from posting information on Facebook that create unnecessary panic among its people.
The social media was abuzz with information that the Maute and the Abu Sayyaf will attack in Polomolok and Gen. Santos City and it will happen on June 30 with the terrorists using vehicle bombs to strike in malls and populated areas.
”There is no truth to reports circulating in social networking sites about the presence of Maute or terrorist groups in Polomolok,” Ladeo said.
Alvero also said that no imminent threat supposedly from Maute or its allies in the province.
”What is creating the problem are irresponsible social networking players who post information that goes viral and send panic to the people,” he said in radio interview.
”No threat from Abu Sayyaf or Maute in Polomolok or in the province,” he said.