- A hoax bomb threat circulated in Iloilo City several days after the Davao blast
- The threat was made to appear as having come from the Philippine Red Cross, which it denied vehemently
- Police remain in full alert despite the threat being a hoax and urged public to immediately report suspicious activities and personalities
After the country was shaken by the Davao City blast which left 14 people dead, Iloilo residents panicked when a text message stating four suicide bombers were arriving in the city spread like wildfire.
The text message that circulated was made to appear as if having come from the Philippine Red Cross (PRC). In the text message, the four suicide bombers are from Basilan and would be targeting shopping malls in Iloilo.
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According to the Philippine National Police, the public must remain calm. They also must refrain from believing text messages that would circulate, which could always come from unverifiable sources.
The PNP also emphasized that the PRC issued official statement denying sending out the text message that caused panic among Iloilo residents. The PRC vehemently denied issuing any warning against a possible security threat.
Police Superintendent Gilbert Gorero said that aside from the official denial of the PRC, it also sent a letter to Camp Delgado to clarify that they did not send the hoax bomb threat text message.
In addition to circulating the text message, the perpetrators of the hoax bomb threat went out of their way to create a Facebook account for the purpose of circulating the message.
Although the bomb threat was a clear hoax, PNP still remains on full alert in the region. It also sent out an appeal to the public to be vigilant and immediately report activities that are suspicious. Aside from this, suspicious personalities must also be reported.
The PNP has also asked the public to keep calm at checkpoints as it is a usual procedure in a State of Emergency to keep the public safe.