The Philippine National Police said over the weekend that it will investigate rumors that a cult is roaming the streets of Ozamiz City in Misamis Occidental, and that its members are cutting the heads of the townsfolk.
Rumors about the cult, whose members reportedly knock on people’s doors in the middle of the night, swirled on Twitter last week. One viral tweet said that the cult’s gruesome actions were even captured on CCTV footage and that people have disappeared from the town because of the group.
Philippine National Police Brigadier General Ildebrandi Usana said that they are gathering information to verify if the rumor is true.
“We’ll have to secure, perhaps, initial information from the regional director of PRO (Police Regional Office) 10. Rest assured such information will be communicated specifically to concerned individuals affected,” Usana said in a virtual press briefing.
If the rumored cult is connected with the rebel group New People’s Army, Usana said they will “see to it that appropriate action will be taken by the police.”
“If these are from the government, then it will also have to be validated based on pieces of evidence that we can gather from there,” he added.
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