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.
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.
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.