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Mayor Honey warns vs getting duped by social media

Serial killer in Tondo
Mayor Honey Lacuna and (left) MPD Director PBGen. Andre Dizon hold a press conference saying there is a serial killer in Tondo. At right is MPD Station 1 chief Col. Jhun Ibay. (JERRY S. TAN)

DON’T be duped by social media.

This was the urgent call made by Mayor Honey Lacuna to all Manilans, after rumors of a ‘serial killer’ making the rounds in Tondo spread like wildfire in the city, causing tension among residents.

“Gusto pong ipaalala ng inyong pamahalaan… kung maari po kami po ay nakikiusap ako sa inyo. ‘Wag po kayo basta-basta naniniwala sa mga nababasa ninYo sa social media. Alam nyo naman po naman ninyo na ang social media minsan po talaga ay hindi nagagamit sa tamang paraan,” she said.

Lacuna added: “… so ‘yung kinakalat po na serial killer sa Balut, Tondo, wala po itong katotohanan. Bagamat may mga hindi maiiwasang pangyayari sa ating lungsod, na nangyayari naman kahit saang lungsod, makakasiguro po kayo na ang atin pong mga kapulisan ay 24/7 na titiyakin ang inyong seguridad dito po sa ating lungsod.

The lady mayor further assured: “Mananatiling payapa at maayos ang ating lungsod paiigtingin pa din po natin ang police visibility.”

This was echoed by Manila Police District Director PBGen. Andre Dizon, who flatly branded as fake news the viral information circulating on social media that there is a serial killer on the loose in Tondo.

“Patungkol sa kumakalat na video at viral info sa social media, isa itong ‘fake news’ na di dapat sakyan o i-share,” said Dizon.

In a press conference held late Wednesday afternoon, Lacuna and Dizon presented an alias ‘Joel Blandy,’ whose picture landed on social media where he was tagged as the alleged serial killer, which he vehemently denied.

“Ako po ‘yung nasa picture pero hindi ako serial killer,” Blandy said. Witnesses also came forward to declare his innocence.

The suspects in the recent shooting incidents in Tondo have been identified as Jay-Jay Martelino, who had been arreted and one alias ‘Ivan’ who remains at large.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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