THE National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Monday said there were no validated reports of an impending terrorist attack in Metro Manila.
The Metro Manila police made the statement as circulating text messages claimed four female terrorists would launch attacks in the metropolis, following the deadly blast in Davao City on Friday night.
“That had no confirmation, but we are not brushing it aside,” Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde, NCRPO director, said in a television interview.
“We have already disseminated the information to our intelligence operatives and line units here in Metro Manila, and all police stations [were ordered]to conduct threat assessment and target-hardening measures,” he added.
The Abu Sayyaf group has been blamed the explosion, with the terror and kidnap group said to have carried out the attack in response to an all-out offensive by the military.
The NCRPO chief said all police units in Metro Manila would remain on full alert to foil any attack.
Albayalde said the 28,000-strong NCRPO, even those who were supposed to be on leave and on vacation, were ordered to be on duty. Their days off have also been canceled.
Police will increase checkpoint operations where deemed necessary and maximize visibility in major buildings, malls, churches, transportation terminals, and other public places.
Albayalde on Monday conducted inspections at some bus terminals and malls in Quezon City.
He advised the public to be vigilant and calm, and continue normal activities.
Unattended bag at NAIA
Security personnel on Monday cordoned off one of the departure entrances of terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after an unattended bag was found in the area.
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said security guard Ralph Basubas found the unattended bag near Gate 3 and immediately raised an alert as a precautionary measure.
When police and bomb-sniffing dogs examined the bag, it yielded 10 pieces of one-peso coins as well as five pieces of 5-peso coins, assorted clothes, toiletries, a ballpen and a mobile phone charger.
On Saturday, the MIAA placed the country’s main airport on maximum security or full-alert status following Friday’s bombing in Davao City.
Random inspections are being conducted on all motor vehicles, and bags left unattended at the airport complex are immediately subjected to rigid checks.
The Philippine Airlines on Monday appealed to passengers to allow enough time for security measures as they go to the airport.