No reported ISIS presence in Bulacan: PNP probes leak of unofficial draft memo

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 10) — The Philippine National Police on Tuesday denied that it had received an intelligence report about the presence of "ISIS affiliates" in Bulacan.

Director General Oscar Albayalde made the clarification in a media briefing following the leak and circulation online of a draft memorandum stating that the Bulacan Provincial Police Office was on "full alert status" because of threats posed by the international terrorist group.

Police Colonel Chito Bersaluna, Bulacan police director, explained that there was miscommunication in drafting the document which was not meant to be released.

"Makikitang wala po itong pirma na magpapatunay na ito ay hindi isang official document. Patuloy nating pinaiimbestigahan ang lapses in our document and communication security," he said in a statement Tuesday.

[Translation: We can see that there is no signature which proves it is not an official document. We will continue to investigate lapses in our document and communication security.]

Bersaluna confirmed that the Bulacan police was on full alert, but this was because of an activity at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue and the province-wide celebration of the Singkaban Festival.

"We assure the people of Bulacan that there is no reason for us to be alarmed and to panic, as Bulacan police is on top of the situation. We are strengthening all our security measures to pre-empt any lawless acts and ensure the outmost safety and security of the Bulakeños," the police official added.

This is not the first time that an alert memo on the supposed presence of ISIS presence has been leaked. In August, the Armed Forces clarified that ISIS posed no threat in Northern Luzon following the leak of a document that warned of possible attacks on churches and establishments in certain areas in the region.

CNN Philippines' Gerg Cahiles contributed to this report.