by Aaron Recuenco
The Philippine National Police – National Capital Region Police Office (PNP – NCRPO) yesterday urged Metro Manila residents to refrain from believing or sharing fake bomb threats that capitalize on the on-going clashes in Marawi City.
Instead, NCRPO chief Director Oscar Albayalde said residents should help ensure the security of the metropolis by closely coordinating with the police if they spot or notice suspicious packages, items and personalities in their communities.
A number of bomb threats are being circulated especially on social media, with going as far as claiming that there will be a spillover of attacks orchestrated by members of the Maute terrorist group currently fighting government troops in Marawi City.
Fear of terror attacks in Metro Manila was raised after the father of the Maute brothers Omar and Abdullah, leaders of the Maute Group battling security forces in Marawi, was taken to a maximum detention facility in the metropolis after his arrest in Davao City.
Yesterday, Albayalde likewise led the honoring not only of the fallen soldiers and police officers in Marawi City but also who those died in the line of duty.
“We dip our hats to the men and women who sacrificed their lives in the name of peace and freedom. We honor the hardworking men and women in uniform who continue to dedicate their lives in ensuring that our region is safe for children to be able to walk on the streets without fear, for parents to be able to focus on their work knowing that their homes are safe and for families to sleep at night knowing that they will wake up to a brand new day of peace,” said Albayalde.
The official said they have been working for various security measures that will make Metro Manila safe from any attempt to carry out terrorism.
Part of the full alert status, he said is the assurance that they would be enough men to man the streets and guard public places and vitals installations, as well as enough forces that could be tapped for any eventuality.