MAKING false bomb reports is a problem with which the people are slowly coming to grips in this graft-ridden Southeast Asian country of election-crazy people.
Even the ordinary citizens not only in the metropolis but also in the countryside, where majority of the poor live, are finally starting to take seriously the impact of a bomb hoax.
Under Presidential Decree No. 1727, making a bomb threat or joke is a crime, according to S/Supt. Dionardo B. Carlos, spokesman of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Unknown to many, responding to a bomb threat is no joke, wasting a lot of government and private time and resources.
For instance, bomb threats that hit a number of schools and call centers in Metropolitan Manila sent dozens of bomb experts and policemen to secure the people and said places.
Just imagine the amount of money spent by the 160,000-member national police agency and other concerned government offices in order to respond to said bomb threats.
Thus, PNP chief Director-General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa of Class 1986 of the Philippine Military Academy was right in warning that pranksters are in for a lot of trouble should they be identified.
In fact, making a bomb threat is a crime that is punishable with imprisonment of not more than five years or a fine of not more than P40,000 or both at the discretion of the court.
In the view of various quarters, the public is duty-bound to help the authorities in identifying pranksters.
This, if we are to ferret out all those who just want to torpedo government efforts to hasten the tempo of the country’s socio-economic development.