The 911 emergency hotline was launched just this Monday, August 1. The hotline was only available in Davao City but when former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte became the president of the country, he vowed to launch the 911 hotline nationwide. This is part of his plans to get rid of crimes and corruption during his term.
And, since the hotline was launched, there were 2475 recorded calls. Surprisingly, only 75 of those calls were legit. 1119 were dropped calls and 304 were prank calls. PNP Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa warned would-be prank callers in a press conference. Dela Rosa said: “The Chief PNP is warning the 304 prank callers and the would-be callers. The 911 system is currently tracking the prank callers and we will make sure that you will be unmasked and arrested.”
“Refrain prank calls and test calls. You clog up the lines and prevent people with real emergencies to reach us.” Dela Rosa added.
In the Presidential Decree No. 1727, signed on 1980, the malicious spread of information done by “any person who, by word of mouth or through the use of the mail, telephone, telegraph, printed materials and other instrument or means of communication” is prohibited.
If convicted, the 911 prank callers will be punished with imprisonment of not more than 5 years, be fined of not more than P40,000 or even both depending on the decision of the court.
Dela Rosa also ordered the police to act quickly on 911 calls. He said that: “All Chiefs of Police to be alert and respond to the calls routed to you by the 911 call centers and immediately provide police assistance to our people when needed.”
The PNP, Bureau of Fire Protection and the Department of Healthy have responded to various calls from 911. Most of the calls were reports about accidents & medical emergencies and complaints about troublemakers & harassment.