March 29, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – The Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) along Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City has suspended its classes and work Monday morning following a bomb threat sent through text messages.
Senior Inspector Noel Sublay, chief of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Explosives Ordnance Division (EOD), said the threat came in through text messages received by an employee of the university’s Office for Social Concern and Involvement (OSCI).
“Pagdating ng alas-nuwebe malaking pagsabog ang mangyayari sa Ateneo. Magiging duguan ang mga estudyante n’yo,” read the first text message received at 8:31 a.m.
Sublay said the second message followed 18 minutes later and reads: “Itataya n’yo ba buhay ng mga estudyante.”
After receiving the threat, he said the ADMU security office immediately called the police and requested to send units to sweep the campus grounds and buildings.
Sublay said work and classes at all levels have been suspended at around 10 a.m. as police started inspecting the campus.
He said they scoured all buildings, including the male and female university dorms, in more than 50-hectare campus and found no explosive device.
He said the campus was cleared for bombs at 2:55 p.m.
Sublay said the two messages came from the same cell phone number, 0920-8790400.
He said they tried contacting the number, but the line had apparently been cut off.
Sublay said the messages received by the employee have already been forwarded to the Philippine National Police for investigation.
“Kailangan ma-trace itong nagpadala ng mga texts dahil hindi biro itong ginawa niya,” he said.
“Baka mamaya isa pala itong estudyante na hindi lang nakapag-aral. Dahil may exams pala ang college level students ng Ateneo this week,” he added.
Aside from the tertiary colleges, the Ateneo campus in Katipunan also includes the primary and secondary levels of the school.
On the school’s official Facebook page, the ADMU said classes and work will resume today, March 29.
This was not the first time that the school suspended classes and work due to a bomb threat.
In February 2014, the ADMU also suspended classes and office work after receiving a bomb threat via text messages.
Authorities later declared the threat as a hoax.