Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte has brushed off information about placing Davao City on lockdown that has been circulating on social media, saying, “it is fake news”.

Mayor Sara advised Dabawenyos to get government advisories, announcements, decisions, and other information from legitimate sources such as the official website and social media accounts of the city government. 

“Again i-remind lang nato ang kaigsoonang Dabawenyo nga kung dili siya gikan sa official city government accounts, kung dili siya gikan sa mga official city government channels, social media, radio station, and advisory publications sa atong mainstream media partners, there is no truth to any information (We are reminding our fellow Dabawenyos that any information not coming from official city government accounts or official city government channels, social media, radio station, and advisory publications of our mainstream media partners, there is no truth to any information),” she said during her interview over the city-owned Davao City Disaster Radio on Monday.

She said that there has never been a discussion on the implementation of a city-wide lockdown contrary to the posts proliferating on Facebook. The mayor said that the only lockdowns the city imposes are house, compound, street, and barangay lockdown.

The mayor also reiterated that all the city government announcements and other plans, especially on its coronavirus disease (Covid-19) response are disseminated to the public through formal advisories before its implementation.

She renewed her appeal to Dabawenyos to refrain from sharing unverified information from social media platforms to avoid panic.

“Make sure na kung kamo mag share, verified ang inyohang information. Meaning gipangutana na ninyo ang tao kung tinuod ba ang iyahang gi-istorya (Make sure that the information you share is verified. Meaning, you asked the person if it is true). Otherwise, you will also be a purveyor of misinformation,” she added.

Mayor Sara also urged Dabawenyos to report people who spread fake news on all platforms to the Davao City Police Office (DCPO), particularly under its cybercrime response team. CIO