SM Baguio bomb threat is a hoax, officials say

Micaella Ilao, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 03 2017 08:14 PM | Updated as of Feb 05 2017 02:29 PM

SM Baguio bomb threat is a hoax, officials say 1
The fake letter

BAGUIO CITY- There is no bomb threat on SM Baguio.

This was clarified by SM Baguio officials as the photo of a fake police memorandum continued to spread on social media.

In the hoax memo, officials of the mall said they received a threat from the Abu Sayyaf Group.

“Hi guys! Just an update, we got a call from abusayaf (sic) right now asking SM for $15 million or else they’re going to bomb the mall. We have 1 week to do that. We are on high alert now,” the alleged memo read.

The letter told people not to visit the mall but also requested them not to make the situation public.

The message came from a certain "Kyla Avonabceh".

SM Baguio officials, however, clarified on Friday that the letter is not real.

They also said that they don’t have an employee or officer named "Kyla Abonavceh".

SM Baguio, in an official statement, said they did not send such a letter to the police.

“We would like to confirm the information being re-circulated has been verified to be a hoax thru a joint investigation of our company and the local PNP in several areas. Moreover, the said information did not come from any SM Officer. We continue to stay alert and committed to the security and well-being of customers, tenants and employees at all times,” the statement read.

The Police Regional Office Cordillera (PRO-COR) allayed concerns regarding the issue.

“The PNP are well aware of the different threats today and are also steadfast in conducting intelligence-gathering and security operations to prevent further threat or terror acts throughout the region," police said.

Meanwhile, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Oscar Albayalde requested netizens on Sunday to stop sharing the fake document.

"We request that netizens should stop sharing or reposting the document. As of now, there is no evidence or information gathered that would confirm the content of the report," Albayalde said.

Albayalde however noted that the PNP has maintained its full alert status to ensure the safety of the public.

"The public has nothing to fear, while we request the public to remain calm we ask them to remain vigilant and observant," he added.

--with reports from Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News