PNP on alert vs. purveyors of nCoV fake news

THE Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) is ready to receive complaints against purveyors of fake news about the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCov).

P/Colonel Redrico Maranan, PPPO director, warned that purveyors face cases for violating three laws: Presidential Decree 90 or rumor-mongering or unlawful utterances, Article 154 of the revised penal code, which penalizes purveyors of false information, and the Republic Act 10175 or the Anti-Cybercrime Law.

As of this writing, there are still no complaints lodged before the Pangasinan PPO or any of the police stations in the province.

“The policemen have undergone awareness seminars in order to fight and stave off false information circulating whether in social media or by word of mouth”, Maranan added.

Meanwhile, Maranan said PNP is continuously assisting health authorities in contact tracing through interaction and coordination with the LGUs and barangay officials.

“We ask the public to immediately tell us if they have any information on suspected nCov victims in their areas. We will value their information,” he said.

Policemen deployed in the province’s first congressional district, particularly in coastal areas, are advised to take caution, as the western towns are prone into running into Chinese fishermen. (Ahikam Pasion)

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