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PNP verifies viral report of planned IED bombings

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

IMAGE_UNTV_NEWS_060617_ Dionardo Carlos

 

MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) is verifying the authenticity of a document  circulating on social media regarding alleged individuals planning to detonate improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

PNP PIO Chief Police Chief Superintendent Dionardo Carlos said such an advisory is usually for internal use of government agencies only.

However, the PNP pointed out some dubious contents of the document.

“If you’ll look at it, it seems legit but the content and the reference sighted here should have security classification,” Carlos said.

Since the crisis erupted in Marawi City on May 23, a number of alleged terror threats have been circulating on social media, such as the information that says a woman plans to bomb malls in Metro Manila.

There was also the alleged attempt of the Abu Sayyaf group to bomb malls in Baguio City.

All these information, the PNP says, are fake.

Carlos said, “What the PNP does is direct the particular intel unit to validate.”

The PNP calls on the public to stop sharing unverified information on social media as it may cause panic while authorities have yet to release official statements regarding the matter.

“What we can do best is to reverse the cycle for example I got the particular information what I can do is return that info to the one that send it to me and I will say this is not true until it reaches back the originator he he’ll know that the circulating information is real,” Carlos added.

The PNP says it would be better to immediately report to authorities any terror threat one would receive instead of sharing it on social media. – Grace Casin | UNTV News and Rescue

 

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