Bomb threats no joking matter, cops remind public

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Bomb threats no joking matter, cops remind public

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Not all jokes cause amusement, particularly when the subject involves public safety.

The Bohol Police Provincial Office (BPPO) issued this reminder amid heightened security against terrorist attacks like the Davao City bombing that killed 14 and left scores injured earlier this month.

Senior Police Officer 4 Quinciano Lopena of the BPPO Police Community Relations Group told the public to refrain from making bomb jokes and spreading hoaxes which may cause unnecessary panic.

Lopena reminded the public that those caught cracking bomb jokes may be detained and charged for violating Presidential Decree (PD) 1727.

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The PD prohibits the malicious dissemination of false information or making threats about presence of bombs, explosives and incendiary devices.

In Cebu City, a woman was arrested last week and is now facing a criminal charges for making a joke about a bomb.

While spreading hoaxes is being discouraged, Lopena asked the public to be vigilant instead and report threats and suspicious activities to police. (Rey Tutas)

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