According to The Daily Star, the military cautioned of an imminent attack after a recent bomb-making footage posted on social media, by ISIS militants in the Middle East delivered a message in Arabic script telling, “create bomb for Miss Universe”.
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The pageant is said to be due and will be held in Manila, the capital of Philippines in January.
Colonel Edgard Arevalo, the armed forces spokesman said to reporters, “We are taking the threat seriously” adding that authorities are yet to ascertain the authenticity of the video or locate its source.
The Philippines says ISIS militants are not present in the country even if the group has agreed in video message, the loyalty of a Philippine militant group called as Abu Sayyaf.
Arevalo said, referring to ISIS, “We reiterate that there is no ISIS in the Philippines. What we have are groups claiming affiliations with ISIS in their bid to draw funds. It is not far-fetched for ISIS to claim to have cells in the Philippines to show global membership,”
He further explains, “What we have are groups claiming affiliations with ISIS in their bid to draw funds. It is not far-fetched for ISIS to claim to have cells in the Philippines to show global membership.”
Ina Zara-Loyola, The Ministry of Tourism spokeswoman said without being alarmed by the threat, “We consider this as serious as well as the traffic problem that affects our daily life,” adding that the originality of the video was impossible to confirm.
She also expresses that the government was confident about their army and police “more than capable in ensuring the public safety and security.”
GMA network reports, “As in any threats, whether verified or not, it behooves the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines)—in coordination with the PNP (Philippine National Police) and other counterpart agencies—to take appropriate measures to counter the threats,” says Col. Edgard Arevalo ,the AFP public affairs office chief in a statement, Friday.
Department of Tourism anyway said that the Manila will conduct the Miss Universe pageant next year.