By Junex Doronio
September 15, 2021
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — Better be prepared than be caught flat-footed as Japan’s embassy in Manila late Tuesday confirmed that its government has received information on possible terror attacks in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines.
“We confirm that the Japanese government has received information about a possible terror attack, but we cannot give you any detailed background at the moment,” the Japanese Embassy said in a statement.
On Monday, September 13, Japan warned its citizens against a possible attack in six Southeast Asian countries—the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Myanmar— and urged them to avoid “Western-owned” facilities, such as hotels and restaurants, and religious sites.
“In relation to this, we issued a warning to alert Japanese people residing in some Southeast Asian countries, but we cannot disclose the source,” the Japanese Embassy further said.
It added: “We ask all Japanese residents to remain vigilant against terrorist attacks.”
The Japanese Foreign Ministry revealed that it obtained information on “increased risks such as suicide bombings.”
For its part, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it was not informed by the embassy on this matter.
But the DFA added that countries can issue travel alerts for their citizens.
“[T]his type of information may have been shared among intelligence agencies,” the DFA said.
Meanwhile, the Department of National Defense (DND) said that it is working to validate the information, while the Armed Forces (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) said that no threats have been monitored in the country.
“As with all reports concerning the safety and security of our communities, the aforementioned advisory will be subjected to the process of validation,” DND spokesman Arsenio Andolong said in a statement. (AI/MTVN)