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Shun bomb threats, MM residents told

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) urged yesterday Metro Manila residents to refrain from believing and even sharing fake bomb threats that capitalize on the on-going clashes in Marawi City.

Instead, NCRPO chief Director Oscar Albayalde said residents should instead pitch in their share in ensuring the security of the metropolis by closely coordinating with the police if they see suspicious package and personalities in their respective communities.

Bomb threats are being circulated especially in the social media, some claiming that there will be a spillover of attacks by the Maute gunmen who are currently trapped in Marawi City.

The NCRPO is currently under highest security alert status for the Independence Day celebration and for various activities in the coming days which include the concert of American pop icon Britney Spears.

Yesterday, Albayalde led the honoring not only of the fallen soldiers and policemen in Marawi City but also who died in the line of duty in celebration of the 119th Independence Day celebration.

“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. (AARON B. RECUENCO)