The Bohol police made it clear that a bomb jokes are not funny at all.
Cops on Wednesday took into custody Joren Dela Torre, a student of PMI-Colleges Bohol, for making a bomb joke inside the Bohol Quality Mall.
Several people inside the mall were reportedly rattled after Dela Torre shouted at a security guard saying that there was a bomb in the area.
The guard, identified as Jason Palma, immediately accosted Dela Torre before turning him over to the police.
Following the incident, SPO4 Quinciano Lopena of the Bohol police Community Relations Branch once again reminded the public to refrain from making jokes that would cause panic and even endanger lives.
LopenaÂ issued a warning toÂ the public noting that those caught cracking bomb jokes may be detained and charged for violating Presidential Decree (PD) 1727 known as the Anti-Bomb Joke Law.
The PD prohibits the malicious dissemination of false information or making threats about presence of bombs, explosives and incendiary devices.
The law, signed October 8, 1980 during the dictatorial regime of former president Ferdinand Marcos, stipulates that violators may face a maximum fine of P40,000 or imprisonment of up to five years.
Lopena reiterated the policeâ€™s seriousness in going after those making bomb jokes as he noted that this could divert authoritiesâ€™ attention from doing their job of protecting the public.
He urged the public to report suspicious activities and personalities to police instead of making bomb jokes.
The Anti-Bomb Joke Law has been strictly enforced since the bombing of a night market in Davao City early last month which killed 14 people and left dozensÂ wounded. (Rey Tutas)
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