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DCPO asks for responsible social media use to avoid creating panic

By Ma. Mikaela Alonso | UM Intern


THE TOP CITY POLICE OFFICER urged citizens to be more careful about posting unverified reports online that might stoke fears among Davaoeños. 

Just this weekend, several social media posts about the death of the missing 23-year-old Dennis Roy Panzan went viral as netizens shared that he was allegedly a suspect in the killing and rape of Vlanche Marie Bragas.

Davao City Police Office (DCPO) director Colonel Alberto Lupaz said they are still investigating the claim’s veracity. 

“I would like to make it clear na ‘yung nangyari na mga sudden disappearance (or) missing person, although meron tayong possible witness, pero wala pa tayong confirmation na itong mga ito ay linked sa Bragas case (I would like to make it clear that while we may have witnesses in situations of abrupt disappearance or missing persons, we do not yet have confirmation that they are connected to the Bragas Case),” he explained.

With that, he asked Davaoeños to be more responsible in sharing these posts and wait for the official announcements or results from the authorities.

Sa tanang mga netizen na nag-pataka lang pud og komentaryo, buhat sturya, hinaot unta nga sabton pud ninyo ang sitwasyon. Dapat balanse lang pud unta ug dili mag sige’g himo-himo ug statement na dili mao kay samot madaot ang mga established na gihimo sa police ug dili na nuon klaro (To all netizens who made false commentaries and narratives, I hope you understand the situation first. We must be balanced and avoid making untrue statements about the cases because it will cause further damage to the investigation and it will just become more unclear), Lupaz pleaded.


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