Probe e-mail bomb threat vs gov’t agencies, DOJ chief tells NBI

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DEPARTMENT of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla directed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look closely into an alarming bomb threat sent by an unverified e-mail account to several government agencies and local government units (LGUs).

The emailed bomb threat was sent by an unknown Japanese lawyer named Takahiro Karasawa from a certain “Steadiness Law Office” supposedly a highly knowledgeable bomb-maker.

In the e-mail, Karasawa emphasized that bombs will rock major Philippine government agencies on February 12, 2024 approximately around 3:34 pm.

There should be no place for pranks or spreading fear among our people. Let this be a warning to those behind this that we will not tolerate such acts and we will go after you with the full extent of the law,” Remulla warned.

In response to the DOJ chief’s call for a thorough probe, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has already started its investigation. The agency also initiated collaboration with the Japan Police Attache, other law enforcement agencies, and emergency responders to fully evaluate the threat and formulate proactive measures to effectively address it.

The name Takahiro Karasawa has been associated with previous bomb threats across different countries. Last year, the same individual issued a bomb threat targeting the MRT-3 system, a pattern that emphasized the need for immediate and decisive action.

The DOJ and NBI also reminded the public that threats of this nature are taken extremely seriously and will be dealt with accordingly, in full compliance with the law.

NBI Director Medardo De Lemos assures the public that the safety and well-being of Filipinos remain the utmost priority, and every effort will be made to ensure a swift resolution to the situation.

We urge the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities or information related to this case to the authorities. The NBI is committed to conducting a thorough and impartial investigation, leaving no stone unturned in the pursuit of justice. We will keep the public informed of any significant developments in this case,” he added.

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