MANILA, Philippines —A document circulating on social media regarding the vehicles carrying alleged improvised explosive devices or IEDs is legitimate.
“The memo came from the Maritime Police Station in Dapitan City,” said PNP Maritime Group chief PCSupt. Loy Morales.
However, Morales said the contents of the documents are still under verification and validation.
This is why, Morales noted the police did not issue a warning about the alleged bomb-carrying vehicles, adding that the document has also no security classification.
The police official has explained the leaked memo was intended only for shipping line managers in Dapitan City.
“He just heard the plate numbers indicated there from other people. Then he gathered and he created a report and shared it to operations managers of shipping lines … the intention is to share it for intended uses. So he/she is asking for assistance to validate the contents,” Morales added.
The PNP Maritime Group claims to have not seen the vehicle cited in the said memo since the document. Despite this, the Maritime Group says it is currently coordinating with the LTO and HPG regarding the matter.
It also urges the owners of the vehicles cited in the memo to immediately come forward to the Dapitan PNP Maritime Group.
The owners are also encouraged to file complaints if the issue put them in the bad light.
Morales said his team is now determining how the memo was leaked, which is supposed to be for internal use only.
“I talked to him and told him that he should be careful in the disclosure of information. And that he/she should follow the SOP of the PNP in releasing information,” Morales said.
The PNP Maritime Group allays public’s fears over the leaked information, saying the police are on standby all the time at ports across the country. – Grace Casin | UNTV News and Rescue