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Caramoan police chief in hot water over daughter's social media post

The chief of police of Caramoan town in Camarines Sur could be asked to explain the Facebook post of his daughter on an alleged warning about the presence and possible attack of the Abu Sayyaf group in Naga city.

“I hope the COP Caramoan can explain this. When intel reports are shared or passed to lower unit commanders, they must be able to assess the values of the report first,” PNP spokesperson Sr. Supt. Dionardo Carlos said.

He was referring to Insp. Joselito Bermas, Caramoan chief of police, whose daughter posted on Facebook: “JUST IN: Intelligence group of PNP Naga texted my father who is the Chief of Police - Caramoan that Abu Sayyaf members are now inside the City of Naga to perform possible terrorism attacks. Pls be safe everyone and avoid crowded places.”

The Facebook account was deactivated Tuesday morning and reactivated around 11 a.m. with the previous post deleted and with a new message: "Sorry for my previous post. Misunderstanding. Not true. I should've post anything. I am just nothing but a civilian."

Naga City Police spokesperson SPO2 Tobias Bongon said they were surprised that the information was posted on the social media site.

He added that they are treating the incident as a serious matter.

Bongon said they have yet to monitor any Abu Sayyaf movement in the city. But they are implementing strict security measures especially that the Penafrancia Festival will be celebrated this month. — BAP, GMA News