Parañaque City Mayor Edwin L. Olivarez clarified yesterday that the Press Release about the ‘Baclaran 7’ syndicate that was carried by several newspapers was not issued by his office nor by any authorized entity of the Parañaque City Government.
“In fact, I was never interviewed by any reporter on the issue at all,” he said.
The mayor advised all media outfits to confirm all Press Releases allegedly coming from the Parañaque City Government with the Office of the City Mayor or the Public Information Office (PIO) before running the stories in their respective papers.
Olivarez said that the Parañaque City Government is not in the habit of issuing PRs that looks like a blind item. He cautioned all media practitioners to check and recheck their sources to ensure the integrity of their stories.
He said that he is still awaiting the report of the Parañaque PNP on the alleged existence of a syndicate in the Baclaran area and that he will issue an official statement once the facts have been ascertained.