With this development, AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Ricardo Visaya is calling on all Filipino citizens to remain calm, he said.
"Threats that are intended to cause panic and chaos are the ends of terrorist groups like ISIS," Arevalo stressed.
The military official also reiterated that there are no ISIS cells in the country and instead what the Philippines has are groups claiming affiliation with the terrorist group in a bid to draw funds.
Arevalo also said it is not farfetched for ISIS to claim to have cells in the Philippines to show global membership.
"General Visaya nonetheless calls on our people to be vigilant, not only because of the threat, but more so because security is a concern for everybody not only of the security forces. (As the old adage goes), it's better to err at the side of caution," he added. (PNA)