MANILA - Social media posts about a supposed bomb threat in Metro Manila are a hoax, National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Guillermo Eleazar said Saturday.
Reports on alleged bombing plans of an extremist group from Lanao Del Sur have been circulating online amid the holiday rush.
"Wala naman talaga tayong confirmed information sa mga threat," Eleazar told ABS-CBN News.
(We do not have confirmed information about any threats.)
One post on the alleged threat cited a "classified information report" on a supposed plan of an extremist group to launch bomb attacks in places of worship in Metro Manila, including the prominent Quiapo and Baclaran churches, using an improvised explosive device or hand grenade.
All information received by authorities have yet to be verified, but the Philippine National Police has already beefed up security in churches and public places where merrymakers usually flock during the holidays.
"Kung may nakakasalamuha silang mga kahinahinalang tao, ito ay ipagbigay-alam sa atin upang ito'y ating mapag-aralan at maimbestigahan," he said.
(If they encounter suspicious individuals, they should report it to the police so that we can look into it and investigate.)
- with a report from Angel Movido, ABS-CBN News