PRC: Viral text, FB messages on impending terror attack not true

Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has issued an official statement denying the text messages and social media posts warning the public against impending terror attacks in malls around the country.


The fake messages, supposedly sent by PRC and confirmed by General Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa's staff, have been circulating in different cities nationwide after the September 2 bombing in Davao City that killed 14 people and injured 67 others.

It reads:
Attention:
Do not post on your fb wall for security reason.
Repost :
Please pass to family members and friends ASAP please

Attn:This was confirmed by Gen. Bato's staff
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Hello everyone in Manila please stay clear off malls for the time being. We received intelligence of 4 women from Basilan plotting to do suicide bombings in malls in Manila. All malls are on high alert. Thank you.
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Pls Pass by personal message only. Not posting on your wall for our security. thanks
Please take this serious, from Red Cross Philippines

The same message with different locations of attack has been circulating in different parts of the country.




Senator Richard J. Gordon, chairman and CEO of PRC, posted an official statement in their Facebook page.

"The Philippine National Red Cross (PRC) has not sent out text messages (SMS), private messages via Facebook (FB), or other social media platforms warning the public against going to malls due to a security threat.

"Official statements or advisories from the PRC will only come from the Chairman and/or the Secretary General. PRC does not issue security advisories as such can come only from the national government, particularly the security offices.

"Please be prudent in believing and sharing such unverified information that may cause unnecessary panic and fear.

"Let us all continue to be reflective, deliberate and calm. Let us do our share by being constantly vigilant and alert as we continue our daily lives.
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