MANILA, Aug 26 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it has requested some social media pages to take down posts claiming crimes that it described as containing false information.

S.A.F.E METRO. National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo (left) gives instructions to police personnel during the launch of the NCRPO S.A.F.E (Seen, Appreciated, Felt and Extraordinary) program and send-off ceremony of tactical motorcycle riding units (TMRUs) at the NCRPO Grandstand, Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig City on Thursday (Aug. 25, 2022). Also in photo were the five Metro Manila police district directors. (MNS photo) PNP

This came after the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) validated social media posts on crimes, where it found out that an accompanying photo of an article posted on the social media page of Angono Rizal News Online was actually taken from the Facebook page of the San Mateo Municipal Police which was created in July 2020.

In a statement, ACG chief Brig. Gen. Joel Doria said the image was edited and intentionally posted to attract more followers.

Doria said based on their investigation, most of the videos about attempted rape, abduction, and alleged missing persons circulating online were found to have happened years back and were already resolved by the PNP.

“The videos are being recycled while others are edited pictures that are posted to probably gain followers or to depict a picture of an unstable government. We have ordered already our men to step up to the challenge to ensure that malicious/fake videos that are not real are taken down in order not to mislead people into believing it,” he added.

PNP chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin has ordered all police units in the country to intensify monitoring the widespread circulation of false information, especially those that pose threats and misinformation that may incite social conflict.

“I call the attention of our public to be more mindful of what we are posting on our social media sites and refrain from spreading unverified information from unknown sources that may lead to public disturbance, panic, and confusion,” Azurin said.

He also advised the public to follow legitimate news outlets and pages of government agencies for information.

“If they have personal information or knowledge about a certain incident, it’s better that they report it directly to the nearest police station or call the PNP’s hotline numbers so the PNP can immediately respond to the incident,” he added. (MNS)