THE National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) yesterday maintained that the explosion Friday night in Quiapo, Manila, was an isolated case of feuding frat gangs even after the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the bombing.
NCRPO chief Director Oscar D. Albayalde said they will not comment on the issue until they confirm with certainty that ISIS was really behind the incident, adding that the presence of the terrorist group in the country is not yet confirmed.
“We will not comment on the alleged ISIS claim on the Quiapo explosion until we confirm with certainty that such claim was really made by them. So much so there are no confirmed reports on any presence of members of ISIS in the country,” Albayalde said.
He added that the ISIS was just grabbing the opportunity to promote their cause and interest, and gain global recognition by claiming responsibility for the explosion.
“We have always taken steps to ensure that the police force is ready to respond for any eventualities,” he said. “It is our resolve at the NCRPO to thwart any incident that may disrupt the peace and order in our region especially during the ASEAN hosting,” he added.
As of now, Albayalde said there was no evidence that would directly link ISIS or any terror group to the incident.
“We maintain that this incident is nothing but a local peace and order concern involving feuding gangs or persons in the Quiapo area,” Albayalde said.
He said there have been similar incidents in the area before.
“However, we shall remain vigilant while we encourage the public to remain calm and help us by providing vital information for the early arrest of the suspects,” Albayalde added.