Bomb threats extend beyond Philippines, also impact Malaysian gov't
MANILA, Philippines — Bomb threats sent through text and email to government agencies on Monday also happened in other countries at the same time as in the Philippines.
According to multiple media reports, the bomb threat, allegedly from a Japanese lawyer named Takahiro Karasawa of the "Steadiness Law Office," was also directed at government offices in the city of Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Media outlets in Malaysia reported that the threat was received by government offices and the police headquarters in Johor Bahru in the morning, coinciding with the time when government agencies and offices in the Philippines received the email.
The emails also included the name of Karasawa and a bomb threat, specifying the targeted building for the potential explosion.
A similar threat using the same name was also delivered in government agencies in South Korea in 2023.
The individual claiming to be Karasawa also sent a bomb threat to the management of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 in September 2023, prompting an inter-agency investigation by the Department of Transportation.
In a report by Korea Times in 2023, Karasawa, who is a real lawyer in Japan, denied that he was behind the threats, saying that his name was misused for committing crimes and spreading threats.
The Cybercrime Coordination and Investigation Center said that 28 government agencies in Metro Manila received the bomb threats.
The Philippine National Police, after a thorough investigation on Monday, said that the bomb scare was a hoax.
Among the government agencies that received the bomb threats, according to the National Capital Region Police Office are:
In response, the National Bureau of Investigation said that it would commence an investigation into the bomb threats, which they also initiated in collaboration with Japanese law enforcement.
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday said that they would implement hold and blacklist orders or arrest warrants for the said Japanese national.
However, the agency said that the alleged Japanese citizen with “four namesakes” is not in the country.
"The national government is not taking this lightly…any security threat shall be met with the harshest