Danao City man to face cybercrime charge over white van kidnapping hoax

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 4) — A man who claimed on Facebook that kidnappers onboard a white van tried to convince him to come with them will be facing a cybercrime charge after police found out that his story is false.

Danao City police said they will be filing a case of alarm and scandal in relation to the Cybercrime Prevention Act against a 21-year-old man over his Facebook post which went viral. Police are withholding the name of the man pending formal criminal charges.

Danao City Police Chief Lt. Col. Maribel Getigan said the man admitted to officials that what he posted was not true and asked for forgiveness.

Getigan said the filing of a criminal charge against the man will teach him a lesson and will warn other individuals who will come up with similar fake stories.

Cebu City Police Office officer-in-charge Col. Geovanie Maines warned that they will also file charges against people posting similar hoaxes online.

"They better think twice because it is not doing any good. It is creating confusion and fear especially among parents," Maines said.

Maines, who also serves as Deputy Regional Director for Operations of the Police Regional Office Central Visayas, also said that they have yet to receive a single kidnapping complaint in the region.

CNN Philippines Stringer Dale Israel contributed to this report.