The management of the SM City Puerto Princesa assured Wednesday that the safety of their mall-goers and tenants is paramount in their year-round security agenda amidst circulating text messages and social media posts regarding a supposed bomb threat.

Russell O. Fernandez, SM City Puerto Princesa’s public relations officer, said there is no reason for their customers to panic because their security services provider has the manpower and the knowledge to handle emergencies, has a quick response reporting procedure and has industry-specific security training.

“That information has been circulating in the past three years. It has been verified to be a hoax through a joint probe by our company security and the local PNP offices not just here but in other areas,” Fernandez told Palawan News.

He said he does they do not know why it was circulated again in the social media and via the short messaging system (SMS).

Fernandez said the “funniest thing” about the supposed bomb threat was that the message was practically the same as the one circulated in the past.

“Every time may mangyayari sa Pilipinas, may nagci-circulate na ganyan. Ngayong may bombing sa Jolo, meron nanaman and the same message pa rin nang ipinakalat noon pa (Every time something happens in the Philippines, there’s a message like that being circulated. Now that there was bombing in Jolo, it circulated again and the message was the same to the one that was sent out in the past),” he said.

However, Fernandez said that “true or not”, clients, tenants, and employees should remain vigilant and on alert if they come across anything unusual in the mall and to report them immediately to their security personnel.