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BREAKING NEWS: 403rd Infantry Brigade denies presence of armed men in Oro hinterland barangays

In a phone interview moments ago, 403rd Infantry Brigade commander Col. Edgardo de Leon said they have validated and concluded that there is no presence of armed men in barangay Tagpangi, in Cagayan de Oro City.

De Leon said that they have coordinated with the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) to find out who is responsible in spreading out the disinformation. He said authorities will prosecute these individuals and charge them with initiating public alarm and scandal.

"It is akin to a bomb scare. It will cause undue panic to the community," de Leon said. Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon is part of the jurisdiction of the 403rd Infantry Brigade.

The disinformation has caused hundreds of residents from Barangay Tagpangi to flee and seek refuge in barangay Lumbia.

Meanwhile, City Information Officer Maricel Casino-Rivera reported that a team from the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) office has been dispatched to Barangay Lumbia to assist the evacuees there.

Sketchy reports has it that around 10:00 PM tonight, residents from Barangays Tagpangi and Pagalungan fled from their homes and evacuated at the covered court in Barangay Lumbia for their safety,

This, after rumors spread of the alleged presence of armed men in one of the Sitios in Barangay Tagpangi. But authorities has strongly denied this sketchy report that scare hundreds of residents of Tagpangi and its neighboring barangays. – MDN Online – MF and JCe

Top photos show residents from Barangay Tagpangi and its neighboring barangays evacuated at the covered court in Brgy Lumbia for their safety after rumors spread of the presence of armed men. The military has confirmed this as "fake news" only. – with reports from JCE

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