The Army's 403rd brigade commander, Col Edgardo de Leon, in an exclusive interview with Mindanao Daily News Online Edition, said that he has already communicated with the Cocpo personnel and he was informed that police authorities, particularly Lumbia Police Station, has started their crackdown of those responsible for spreading the fake news.
"This is fake news," de Leon said, adding that police authorities are now tracking down those responsible people so that they will be dealt with accordingly, and punished for scaring the residents.
He said that prior to this incident which made people to panic, the police has made patrol operations in the vicinities of Barangay Tagpangi ang Pagalungan. "Baka napagkamalan lang nila ang mga kapolisan natin na nagpapatrolya prior to this," he said in vernacular.
De leon clarified that there were only close to Four Hundred residents of Brgy Tagpangi and Pagalungan and from the remote villages in Brgy Lumbia who fled their homes and temporarily evacuated at Lumbia Covered Court.
This is contrary to the reports in the social media that evacuees have reached to a thousand people.
Meanwhile, as of 11:30 this evening, evacuees have already decided to go back home after they were assured by Col de Leon that all of the reports were 'fake news' perpetrated by irresponsible individuals whose only motive is to scare people of this city.
Some barangay officials of Lumbia also helped military officer de Leon to calm the people down and urged them to go back to their respective homes.