Blogger Drew Olivar apologizes for his Edsa ‘bomb scare’ Facebook post
Pro-Duterte blogger Drew Olivar apologized on Saturday to those who were alarmed by his Edsa bomb scare post on Facebook.
“Ito magso-sorry lang ako kung may naalarma po diyan na parang iba yung pagkakaintindi ng sinabi ko. Doon po ako magsossorry. So sorry po,” Olivar said during a press conference at the headquarters of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.
However, Olivar insisted that the intention of his Facebook posting was not to scare the public but only to caution them during the protest actions on Friday that marked the 46th anniversary of the declaration of martial law.
“Pero para sabihin ko po sa inyong lahat na wala naman po akong intensyon na magbigay ng takot sa mga tao, sa mga Pilipino,” he said
“Nagbigay lang naman po ako ng post na mag-ingat po kayo,” Olivar added.
Olivar on Friday posted in Facebook that it would be scary to stage a rally in Edsa as he claimed of rumors that a bombing similar to what had happened in Plaza Miranda in 1971, could be repeated.
“Ay nakakatakot naman magrally sa Edsa, kasi may kumakalat na baka maulit daw ‘yung pagbomba kagaya ng Plaza Miranda! Kung ako sa inyo hindi na ako pupunta!” he said.
According to him, he did not intend to instill fear on the public, citing that he knew that not only “dilawans” were present in the rally but “DDS” as well.
Olivar also explained that he based his Facebook post on other warnings posted on social media he saw as early as September 8.
However, he admitted that he did not report these threats to the authorities for being focused on social media.
“Sadly, hindi ko nasabi, hindi ko nareport kasi nakafocus rin ako sa social media, so mas inuna ko muna sila siguro na parang pag ingatin,” Olivar said.
“Wala rin kasi akong kilala na mga PO1 [Police Officer 1], normal lang akong Pilipino na walang kacone-connection,” he added. /muf – By: Faye Orellana
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