Mindanao Times

Cybercrime unit to trace ‘white van’ hoax source


THE ANTI-CYBERCRIME Group is looking for any digital traces of anybody in the city who is spreading false informatio­n concerning a white van abducting kids and teens.

According to Lt. Col.

Noel Silvoza, Davao City Police Office deputy director for administra­tion, those who are caught spreading false informatio­n will face a legal charge.

“No single report about white van incidents has been received by any police stations in the city,” the deputy confirmed.

However, he said the DCPO is doing its due diligence to make sure nobody from the city is responsibl­e

for spreading the hoax, causing panic to the public.

“Based on the reports, not a single person was reported missing. So, please stop sharing false informatio­n. The city is safe from any threats as we are on our maximum security. I am encouragin­g everyone to be responsibl­e in sharing informatio­n. You may cause public alarm because of irresponsi­ble posting and sharing,” he said.

He also reminded the public to verify the informatio­n yet with the proper agencies before sharing.

Recently, the Manila Police District has declared as

“fake news” the video circulatin­g online showing a white van with alleged organ harvesters snatching a teenager standing on the sidewalk. The Philippine National Police has validated the alleged kidnapping incidents. The videos caught in CCTV, which was released on the same date in April 2019, was just a prank video of teenagers “having fun.”

Meanwhile, in Danao City in Cebu, a 21-year-old student was arrested and charged with alarm and scandal for spreading the false news about being a nearvictim of abduction.

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