A FAKE improvised explosive device (IED) was found by trash collectors in a trash bin in front of the Universidad de Manila (formerly City College of Manila) and brought it to the Manila City Hall, causing tension yesterday morning.
A report from Police Supt. Romeo Desiderio, commander of the Manila Police District (MPD)-Station 5, said the fake IED was discovered at around 1 a.m. by trash collectors Junmar Razon, 34, and Romeo Estrabela, 61, both residents of Pier 18 in Vitas, Tondo. The two were getting the garbage near the UDM on Arroceros Street, Ermita, when they noticed what appeared like a dynamite stick.
Thinking it was just a toy, the two loaded it onto the truck. Upon reaching the entrance gate of the Manila City Hall at around 6 a.m., city security office member Ricardo Gaddi noticed the said stick and reported the matter to authorities.
Operatives from the MPD-Explosive and Ordnance Division (EOD) said the fake IED came complete with wiring, cellphone, dynamite and a timer. A post-blast investigation was made and it was then that the stick was found to be fake and to have not contained any explosive materials.
Authorities said the fake IED may have been left in the area to create a bomb scare.
Meanwhile, a review of CCTV footages taken in the said area is now being done to establish who left the said fake IED.
Both the UDM and the Manila City Hall were cleared at around 7:30 a.m.