Palace assures no 'terror threats' in Metro Manila

Posted at 06/29/14 2:05 PM

MANILA -- Malacanang assured there is no spillover of the “possible threats” in Davao and other parts of Mindanao to Metro Manila, noting security agencies are already on top of the situation.

In an interview with radio dzRB, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said intelligence officials have not seen any unusual movements in Metro Manila.

“There is no reason for worry,” he assured.

Security alert was raised in Davao City and Cagayan de Oro allegedly due to threats from the Abu Sayyaf, which wanted to sow terror in retaliation for the raid of a bomb factory in June.

The bomb-making expert, Abdul Basit Usman, eluded arrest after that.

No less than President Benigno Aquino III warned Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of the threats.

The threats also come two weeks after the arrest of Khair Mundos, who has been on the US government's terror watch list.

Coloma said the Eastern Mindanao Command has been on alert even before Aquino warned Duterte. “The threats to security of a thriving community have been part of the military and police’s daily challenges,” he said.

He added that EastMinCom commander Lt. Gen. Ricardo Rainier G. Cruz III has already ordered the verification of all reports being received.

The alert also comes as Muslims celebrate the holy month of Ramadan.

Coloma said, however, that government forces will not allow any form of violence or destruction to happen during the celebrations.