No truth to viral FB post on drug ‘planting’ in hotel

Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar

NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office chief, Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar yesterday denied a viral Facebook post which alleged that valet parking attendants at the Manila Hotel are planting illegal drugs in the car compartments of their customers.

“We have investigated this  matter, and found no record of this sort registered with the Manila Hotel or with us,” the official said in reaction to the social media post which was first circulated in November last year and posted again lately.

Manila Police District director, Chief Superintendent Vicente D. Danao also said that their investigation of the viral post produced negative results.

Eleazar encouraged the alleged victim or his family, if there is any, “to come out in the open and file a formal report of the incident so that we can investigate and take the necessary action.”

“Once again, NCRPO would also like to appeal to the public to be more circumspect, prudent and responsible in their social media postings and refrain from forwarding unverified information,” he added.

The fake message read as follows:  Para sa mga nagpapa VALET po ito - about planted drugs... Friend of mine  got victimized in Manila hotel, valet parking, put 2 sachet in front compartment, 1km from mla hotel, policemen do checkpoint, info provide by valet parker.. opening the front compartment, bingo 2 sachet... nego start at 500k. Pls be extra careful.