Alleged bomb threats in NCR unverified — police

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 20) — The police dispelled alleged threats of terror attacks in Metro Manila after a police memorandum was leaked and circulated around social media on Monday.

"There's no information whatsoever that confirms report, no information whatsoever that there is imminent danger of terror attack here in Manila," National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Regional Director Oscar Albayalde said.

In the memorandum, Valenzuela Police Chief Insp. Jowilouie Bilaro asked for full cooperation and action to be taken in the face of information that terror threats may be undertaken by the Maute group in Quezon City and Makati, mentioning parks and malls.

Albayalde said the memo was erroneously leaked to the media as the information received by the Philippine National Police was only for validation and not for dissemination.

"Failure is when the text message was made into a memorandum, 'yun nga ang vineverify natin ngayon [we are verifying it now], who made that. Why they put a memorandum and without any signature on it," he said.

Albayalde said Bilaro was relieved of his position, adding that other policemen could face the same fate, at least for the duration of the investigation.

Albayalde also said he has ordered Northern Police District Director Bong Fajardo to investigate the document handling procedure at the Valenzuela Police Station.

He likewise requested the people to refrain from sharing information that may cause "undue alarm" to the public.

Meanwhile, police and military assured the public the country's capital has enough security forces to handle the possible trial of Maute family members in NCR after the government requested to transfer the trial from Cagayan de Oro to Taguig City Jail.

Both parents of the Maute brothers, Ominta Romato "Farhana" Maute and Cayamora Maute, are currently detained at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.

Read: Mother of Maute leaders detained in Metro Manila – PNP

"Mas marami silang kadugo at mga kamag-anak na nandoon sa Mindanao, 'pag dito sa Metro Manila, medyo hirap silang kumuha ng suporta at malakas yung presensya ng ating security forces dito sa National Capital Region," Philippine National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa said Monday.

[Translation: The Maute group has relatives in Mindanao, but they will have a hard time here in Manila since we have strong security forces.]

Maute members freed prisoners from the Marawi City Jail on May 23, the first day of the clash between the terror group and government forces.

CNN Philippines Correspondents Isabella Montano and Rex Remitio contributed to this report.