PRO-DUTERTE blogger Drew Olivar yesterday apologized anew to the nation, not for his ‘Pepederalismo’ viral video but this time for posting a bomb scare on Facebook as anti-government protesters tried but failed to muster a huge rally in commemoration of the 46th anniversary of the martial law declaration on Friday.
“Ito, magso-sorry lang ako kung may naalarma po diyan na parang iba ’yung pagkakaintindi ng sinabi ko. Doon po ako magso-sorry. So sorry po,” said Olivar, who was accompanied by Presidential Communications Office Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson when he presented his side to National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar.
Eleazar said they will refer Olivar’s case to the Department of Justice for appropriate action. In a country where an innocent bomb joke could send one in jail, there have been calls for the police to file charges for violation of Presidential Decree No. 1727 or the law declaring as unlawful the malicious dissemination or the willful making of any threat concerning bombs, explosives or any similar device or means of destruction and imposing penalties thereof.
Olivar drew flak when he made his Facebook post at 9:36 a.m. Friday which read: “Ayyy nakakatakot naman mag-rally sa EDSA kasi may kumakalat na baka maulit daw ’yung pagbomba kagaya ng Plaza Miranda; kung ako sa inyo hindi na ako pupunta!!
However, during a press conference at the NCRPO headquarters, Olivar insisted that the intention of his Facebook posting was not to scare the public but only to caution them during the protest actions on Friday that marked the anniversary of the declaration of martial law on Sept. 21, 1972.
“Pero para sabihin ko po sa inyong lahat na wala naman po akong intensyon na magbigay ng takot sa mga tao, sa mga Pilipino. Nagbigay lang naman po ako ng post na mag-ingat po kayo,” he explained.
Olivar’s controversial post came in the wake of the PNP’s call on the public not to report bomb scare messages online since they are a ‘cruel joke.’