A reporter called up a police director to ask about the document being circulated on social media.
The document contained a directive to police precincts to check on the coastal areas in their jurisdiction.
While the police official confirmed the document’s authenticity, he said it was an internal memo.
“But I was angry that the document contained typo errors. What a mess,” the official admitted.
A lot of tourists in Bohol were not bothered by the encounter between government forces and Abu Sayyaf bandits in one of the province’s towns.
A 27-year-old man from Switzerland said he didn’t hear about the incident and didn’t even know what the Abu Sayyaf is.
“I see cops. I think we’re safe. I mean I don’t want to spoil this vacation with my friends,” he said.
A taxi driver was lamenting about the habal-habal (motorcycle-for-hire) riders operating in the city to his passengers.
He said it is unfair to taxi drivers like him that they were allowed to operate without being cleared by transport agencies.
“We’re losing passengers even if we are duly registered with the government. Are they registered and do they pay taxes?” the driver bewailed.