BOMB THREAT HITS UP-VISAYAS
ILOILO CITY — A bomb scare drove University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV-Iloilo city campus) officials to cancel classes early Saturday morning.
In an interview, Supt. Jonathan Pablito, Iloilo City Police Station 1 commander, said that investigation is ongoing to identify the suspects and determine the motive.
Pablito said two professors of the university received a text message around 6:30 a.m. informing them that a bomb will explode at their campus. One of the security guards called the police to report about the threat around 8:15 a.m.
team from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) went to the school and conducted paneling around the area as the text message did not specify the area the bomb was placed.
Classes of the graduate school program were stopped and students were evacuated. At 11 a.m., the bomb squad declared the area “negative” and cleared.
“Our investigation is focusing on identifying the person who have access to the private cellphone numbers of the professors but the number of the one who sent the message is now inactive,” he said.
Pablito said this is the first time since he assumed office last March that UP-Visayas received a bomb threat.
It can be recalled in the previous months that a series of bomb threats hit several schools in this city, particularly the University of San Agustin, the Ateneo de Iloilo and the Central Philippine University.
The incidents led to the arrest of a 28-year-old man, who owned up to sending at least two bomb threats to the faculty of the University of San Agustin via a newly-created Facebook account.
His name was withheld after he presented a medical certificate showing he was suffering from ADHD or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. (PNA)
Photo from UP Visayas website