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Mayor issues Pokemon Go advisory for players in Zamboanga City

/ 02:16 PM August 11, 2016
People use tablets and smartphones to play the newly launched Pokemon Go game at a public park next to Hoan Kiem Lake in the centre of Hanoi on August 10, 2016. The game made its debut in the Southeast Asian nation on August 6. / AFP PHOTO / HOANG DINH NAM

People use tablets and smartphones to play the newly launched Pokemon Go game. / AFP PHOTO

ZAMBOANGA CITY – No less than Mayor Maria Isabelle Salazar has issued an advisory for Pokemon Go players here.

“We need to issue that advice in order to ensure public safety as we want our constituents to exercise due caution while enjoying the game application,” Salazar said.

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In her advisory, Salazar said the city government “enjoins all Pokemon Go enthusiasts to exercise due caution while playing the game.”

“Please prioritize your safety above all else, avoid playing the game while driving and crossing streets and do not trespass on other people’s properties. Do not venture in dark and secluded places to catch that rare Pokemon,” the advisory added.

Salazar also said parents should be a constant companion if their children are playing.

“Be wary of lures as these may be used to by unscrupulous individuals to take advantage of players. Always inform your parents, guardians and always have a friend with you when going out to play,” Salazar said.

“Pokestops and gyms are often churches and mosques, business and government establishments, parks and historic areas, we therefore ask all Pokemon Go players to please respect rules, laws and regulations in these areas,” the mayor added.

And as final advice, Salazar said: “Don’t forget your life outside Pokemon Go. Log off once in a while and do other activities to nurture your relationship and develop your potential, be safe, have fun and happy hunting.” JE/rga

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