SF Filipinos react to terror threats on US malls

SAN FRANCISCO – Al-Shabaab, a terrorist group that was responsible for an attack at a mall in Nairobi, Kenya that left more than 60 people dead in 2013, is now threatening to attack malls in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada.

In a video released over the weekend, a masked man targets upscale malls like the Mall of America in Minnesota and West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada.

Government officials from both countries are aware of the threats but also say there is no credible evidence that any attack is being planned at this time.

“Given how the threat is evolving, that is becoming a less and less relevant statement, because you and I won’t necessarily know when the next bad actor is going to strike,” said Jeh Johnson, Homeland Security secretary.

Al-Shabaab is also calling for attacks all on shopping centers owned by the Westfield Corporation which has 40 centers in the U.S. and U.K.

Balitang America checked in with kababayans at the Westfield Mall located in the heart of downtown San Francisco to see how safe they feel regarding the terror threats.

“It doesn’t bother me,” said Renato Cruz. “They always take a precaution in what we are doing but other than that just live normally otherwise it’s just going to ruin your day.”

“Yeah it worries me for the safety of the people around here,” said Jason Montemayor. “If that’s the case, I’ll probably won’t shop around here.”

“Try and be safe,” said another consumer named Glenn. “Don’t stop shopping but be safe and be aware.”

Westfield officials at this San Francisco location declined to give any comment regarding the terror threats. However, according to their website, Westfield Corporation is working with police and government officials to ensure the safety of its staff, customers, and retailers.

You can contact Rommel Conclara at rommel_conclara@abs-cbn.com and follow him on Twitter @rommelconclara for more information.

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  • Kenikeni
    25 February 2015 at 11:58 am - Reply

    I’m more scared at those homeless bums people roaming at Westfield SF Centre. Security don’t give a damn about them!!

  • Delia
    26 February 2015 at 10:34 am - Reply

    The Jihadist Caliph Obama who already rule the Jihadist Caliphate from the White House using executive orders together with his Jihadist Muslim Brother Czars and Iranian advisors to save America from falling to ISIS control soon.

    The Jihadist thugs of ISIS are coming to America already and roaming our cities’ streets thanks to Obama the Jihadist dictator in chief who takes advantage of a ‘dead GOP’ dysfunctional leadership of spineless cowards that allow Obama destroying America on a daily basis.

    While Obama’s already recruited ISIS Muslim Brother terrorists in America and let them roaming the streets of NYC and scare the American people, the genocide of Christians in the Middle East was emboldened during the rule of the Obama’s Jihadist Supremacist regime that never mentioned the “Christianity’ of the victims and the identity of Jihadist Muslim Brother terrorist thugs of ISIS and al Qaida that based the demand for their vicious savage inhuman attacks on the Quram book of 7th century jihadist war against Christianity and Judaism.

    While most American are Christians and Jews, Obama is acting as the Jihadist dictator of the American Caliphate with tens of millions illegal Jihadists as if he were the Messianic defender of the Jihadist Muzlim Brother thugs in America and all over the world including preventing using certain ammunition in America to citizens and arming and financing behind the back of the Americans the Jihadist Muslim Brother terrorists thugs of ISIS all over the Middle East , Asia and Africa.

    Obama is organizing and financing the Jihadist thugs of ISIS in the Middle East , Asia
    and Africa with American best tanks, best missiles, best artillery and what
    not. In addition, the Jihadist in chief is obsessed with the releasing from
    Gitmo prison the most murderous Jihadist thugs of al Qaida, ISIS, Taliban and
    others that has much Christian blood on their hands and sending them back to
    join their Jihadist terrorist organizations to kill more innocent Americas.

    In addition, the Jihadist Supremacist Obama vowed to bring the Jihadist Muslim
    Brother terrorist thugs of ISIS to America from Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza and
    Saudi Arabia and to finance their food, housing, education, and healthcare with
    the American taxpayers money which is against the US Constitution that Obama
    despises and trashes on a daily basis s the Jihadist defender of the Jihadist
    thugs of the world.

    The GOP led Congress must stand up to stop the anarchist
    Jihadist Liar Dictator in chief Obama who act as if the Jihadist caliphate of
    ISIS has already come to America as Obama vowed to convert America to the new Jihadist Caliphate of ISIS over the ruins of America and over beheaded
    Americans that he despises.

    • Kenikeni
      26 February 2015 at 12:00 pm - Reply

      Obama hater?? Pakyuuuu!!

  • noz
    27 February 2015 at 9:38 am - Reply

    “Given how the threat is evolving, that is becoming a less and less relevant statement, because you and i won’t necessarily know when the next bad actor is going to strike.” said Jeh Johnson, Homeland Security secretary.” all of a sudden this incompetent, obobo secretary is dilly-dallying in the time of questionable DOH funding, the agency that will use the funding of illegal aliens, who are criminals crossing the border / muslim terrorists, non muslim terrorists indoctrinated sympathizers ready to blow up themselves in crowds like the malls.

    the hardworking taxpayers dollars funding the DOH must be spent to secure the homeland, but obobo is not doing with obviously the language policy twists is using the taxpayers dollars for the benefits of the criminal illegal aliens, and the illegal alien terrorists already living in the USA. the fireback talks of obobo is the USA’s security is going to be compromised, if congress will not fund the millions the DOH needs to secure the nation, really?. the reality is obobo has been risking america’s security big time by – freeing the GITMO’s 09-11-01 terrorists / planning of closing GITMO, then transfer the terrorists from GITMO to america’s prisons, refusing to call the muslim terrorists, what they really are the islamists, the jihadists, all were the advised of his muslim network cabinet members, advisors appointees of obobo, that these terrorists are not islam / do not belong to islam, a very peaceful religion, really? their prophet mohammed was very violent. so the biggest question is – why is it obobo gets the pass on all of his decisions, with too many members of the populous not enraged at all on the nation’s status of vulnerability from terrorists ready to inflict deaths / disasters to america.

    the reason why the populous are not screaming bloody against obobo is as clear as crystal – the populous is too divided with 1/3 are living off on other people’s hard earned cash with obobo’s swollen free for all welfare, you name it everything are free, the hispanics who are the main supporters of predominantly hispanic illegal aliens, the all out militant gays / lesbians despising GOD’s sanctity of marriage, the growing acceptance of having children out of wedlock / having children of different fathers, called the single parents, the abortionists on demand the public must pay, the tree huggers, belligerent on their climate change beliefs, full of junk science campaign by the combative international GREENPEACE movement, whose goal is to return man to cave living, the extremists against indispensable wars against enemies of today are the muslim terrorists, ignoring the fact, war that nobody want at times must be waged to save the nation’s independence / saved people from would be islamist vanquishers, that’s why america has the multiple military branches, to fight the current islamist enemies, the black populous who are still living on their premise, the elephants are evil with their policies are against the black people / people of colors, generally are lifetime, generational donkey voters. ben carson MD, an ex-demonicrap summed up the damage of the donkey’s compassion policies of freebies on demand have made the BLACKS as the modern slaves of this generation, living shamble lives. anybody who are lovers / slobberers of obobo are on either falling on categories i described on top of my head. there are more dirty political ploys the demonicraps have done to degrade america, yes america no more as long as the demonicraps are in power, and with so many likely voters under their belts, their winnings are highly likely to destroy the good ole USA.