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Manila, QC get multiple bomb threats

  • Written by Itchie Cabayan With Melnie Ragasa-Jimena
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A number of bomb threats were received in various offices in Manila and reported to the Manila Police District-Explosive and Ordnance Division (MPD-EOD) beginning the other day until yesterday morning, via telephone calls and emails, the latter said to be coming from a single sender.

Authorities said the latest bomb threat was received by the Jose Abad Santos High School in Binondo at 7:22 a.m. through a text message sent to a teacher in the said school which read: “May bombang sasabog sa paaralan ninyo ngayon..Sasabog ’yun anumang oras… Ito ang balik namin kay Duterte sa ginawa niyang pagpaslang sa mga katulad namin. Dala ’yun ng isang bata, mag-iingat kayo.”
   
Said message was forwarded by the teacher to the school’s administrative office which, in turn, reported the matter to the MPD-EOD which cleared the entire school after a thorough inspection was done.
   
Just the same, school authorities decided to suspend classes and sent their students home.
   
Meantime, the EOD is looking into 200 e-mail bomb threats sent out to various establishments and apparently aimed at scaring the public.
   
The first reported incident came the other day, when seven bomb threats were sent via email by one ‘Alexander Unger via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..’ The same email was sent to different establishments and  read: “Sa second floor ng office ninyo sa may steel cabinet may apat na envelope-sized bombs na nakatago. Kahapon namin inilagay at sasabog ’yan ngayon (Nov. 8) mamayang exact 3 p.m. Umalis na kayo at wag na ipaalam sa authority.”
   
Among those who received the said ‘bomb threat’ e-mails were the office of the Department of Budget and Management located on Solano Street in the Malacañang Complex in Manila at 12:24 p.m.; Duck Inn Hotel at 1207 MH Del Pilar St., Ermita; Rosas Garden Hotel at 1140 MH Del Pilar St., at 2:25 p.m.; Imperial Bayfront Tower, 1642 A. Mabini St., Malate; Manila Pavillon Hotel on UN Avenue in Ermita; Department of Labor and Employment, Intramuros; and Rajah Tours Philippines, located at 470 T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila.
   
Senior Insp. Arnold Santos, chief of the MPD-EOD, said that aside from Manila, Quezon City also reported similar receipt of bomb threats coming from a single e-mail address.
   
The Quezon City Police District recorded five cases of bomb threats at five government offices in QC on Tuesday.
   
In sequence, starting at 12:45 p.m., Masambong Police Station (PS-2) under Supt. Igmedeo Bernalez, received four reports of bomb threats from four different government offices in QC; Department of Agriculture Training Institute on Visayas Avenue, Department of Agriculture on North Avenue, Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). At 3:34 p.m., another report came from Atty. Joylin Duluan of the Department of Education.
   
The bomb threats were sent to the five offices through email, saying, “Sa second floor ng office niyo sa may steel cabinet may four na envelop-sized bombs na nakatago. Kahapon namin nilagay, at sasabog ’yan ngayon, Nov. 8, 2016, mamayang exact 3 p.m. Umalis nalang kayo at huwag ng ipaalam sa authority,” sent thru email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
   
Elements of PS-2, led by SPO1 Rodolfo Sabucor together with the Explosive & Ordnance Division (EOD), QCPD, led by SPO4 Joselito Fernandez, immediately responded and proceeded to the five locations. After thorough inspections of the evacuated buildings, the EOD team found no bomb.