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Don’t spread bomb jokes – Albayalde

  • Written by Alfred P. Dalizon
  • Published in Metro
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NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office director Chief Superintendent Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday renewed his call on the public to stop spreading bomb jokes since the act will automatically send a person to at least six years in jail if found guilty.
In the wake of the bomb hoaxes that have hit  several schools and universities in Metro Manila, the NCRPO chief met with Department of Education officials Jesus Lorenzo Mateo and Ponciano Menguito to discuss current issues including bomb threats and illegal drug trafficking and abuse in the metropolis.
The three agreed that a protocol must be set up on how school authorities can easily report concerns and other complaints to the NCRPO. The meeting held in Pasig City was also attended by Eastern Police District director Chief Supt. Romeo Sapitula and Pasig City police chief Senior Supt. Orlando Yebra.
Albayalde said they are planning to hold more simulation exercise on bomb response to promote awareness to teachers, parents, students and other school authorities on managing bomb threats.
Mateo emphasized the role of parents and guardians in helping control the dissemination of unverified information. “Teachers must report first to the authorities before sending out information to parents. Parents should stay calm when told of any situation so we can all address the threat fast in the correct and appropriate manner,” he said.
The DepEd official also reminded principals on the protocol on allowing students to leave as well as the need to immediately report the presence of suspicious items such as unattended bags, boxes, or new things in school and university compounds to the police and not open it. 
“At all times, it is important to be calm but vigilant. Let us not allow these lawless elements to establish fear on us,” said Albayalde as he discouraged the passing of unverified information and unconfirmed reports.
The official said the perpetrator of the hoax could be charged with unlawful rumor mongering and even those who apologize for circulating the hoax can still be held liable for spreading the rumor.
Presidential Decree No. 1727 or the Anti-Bomb Joke Law issued by the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos referred to the malicious dissemination of false information concerning threats of bombs, explosives, or any similar devices is unlawful and carries penalties.