MRT-3 bomb threat a hoax
MANILA, Philippines — The bomb threat that targeted the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) on Friday was declared by its management to be a hoax.
“After thorough inspection by our security personnel in critical infrastructure of all transportation systems, particularly MRT-3 system, we have not detected any trace of any items that might constitute a threat to the traveling public,” the MRT-3 management said in a statement.
Earlier, Assistant Secretary for Railways and MRT-3 officer-in-charge Jorjette Aquino took the train to demonstrate that no suspicious activities were observed in all of the railway’s 13 stations plying Metro Manila’s main artery.
The operation of Metro Rail Transit 3 remained normal throughout the inspection.
However, the management said they are maintaining an “enhanced security posture to maintain public confidence.”
They are also encouraging the public to report to authorized agencies “any suspicious activities” inside the train that would cause danger to the public.
An interagency task force was earlier formed to investigate the threat that claimed that a bomb would be detonated in the MRT-3 on Friday afternoon.