Mandaue police: City is safe amid kidnapping issue

THE Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) assured the public Thursday, August 25, 2022, that the city is safe, stressing that there are no kidnapping incidents in Mandaue.

Lieutenant Colonel Franco Rudolf Oriol, MCPO deputy director for operations and spokesperson, made the announcement following reports of children being kidnapped along the streets in different areas in the country allegedly by people on board a "white van."

Reports on alleged kidnapping went viral on the social media, creating fear among the public.

Oriol told SunStar Cebu on Thursday, August 25, that they have not received any of such reports in the city.

He said the MCPO has been conducting security measures to maintain peace and order in Mandaue City. These measures include checkpoints and mobile and foot patrol, which have been done 24 hours a day, especially in isolated areas.

Oriol reminded the public to verify first the information posted online.

He said the fake kidnapping news might have been orchestrated by people who want to instill panic and instability in the government.

On Wednesday, August 24, Colonel Jean Fajardo, spokesperson of the Philippine National Police, also denied reports about the kidnapping incidents.

But she said the social media posts enabled the police to become more watchful.

Also on Wednesday, Dumanjug town Mayor Efren Guntrano "Gungun" Gica clarified in a Facebook post that there were no reports of kidnapping in the municipality, contrary to what was stated on a news website.

Gica, however, asked people to be vigilant and not to be complacent. (HIC)