Pangasinan gov condemns ‘fake’ public advisory on suspension of classes

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — Governor Amado I. Espino, III has condemned what he called “dastardly act of heartless people” who he said faked his public advisory on the suspension of classes for August 17 in the social media that maligned the integrity of his office.

“The unscrupulous post by heartless individuals was meant to deceive the public by digitally manipulating my public advisory,” Gov. Espino stated in an official press statement Wednesday.

Gov. Espino issued at 5 p.m. on August 16, a public advisory on the localized suspension of classes for August 17 that called on mayors and school administrators to suspend classes in their respective areas if they found it necessary based on their assessment.

The fake public advisory on the suspension of classes for August 17 came out earlier, at 3 p.m. on August 16 in the social media, which Espino disowned.

The governor assured that investigation will be done to shed light on the fake public advisory and the persons behind it.

Relative to this, Espino also called for responsible use of social media to disseminate reliable information during challenging times when there is a need to be united in order to ensure the safety of everyone.

“This is a dastardly act utilizing social media as a platform to deceive the public especially when Pangasinenses are already experiencing the havoc of monsoon rains, flooding and flash floods in some parts of the province,” Gov. Espino said.

The provincial chief executive likewise urged everyone to get reliable updates solely from the official Facebook page of the provincial government (facebook.com/pangasinan.gov.ph) and other legitimate broadcast media outlets from the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and barangay councils.

Based on assessment and monitoring, the central portion of the province is the most affected due to occasional heavy rains and flooding in some areas. Western and eastern parts of the province are experiencing only light to moderate rains. PNA/northboundasia.com