PNP probing bomb threats in schools

October 10, 2014 9:57 am 

By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan

MANILA, Oct. 9 (PNA) — Senior Supt. Wilben Mayor, chief police information officer of the PNP on Thursday said that the police intelligence and investigation units are conducting an assessment of circumstances surrounding incidents of bomb threats in Manila and Quezon City colleges even as security forces continue to monitor unusual activities elsewhere in Metro Manila and other key cities.

"Likewise we are continuously validating all reports related to the recent arrest of three suspects arrested by QCPD (Quezon City Police District) while carrying a hand grenade and other items," Mayor said in a statement.

Classes were suspended Tuesday in San Beda College in Manila after receiving a bomb threat while Miriam College in Quezon City the latest to receive on Thursday afternoon. Bomb squads have found nothing in both incidents.

Mayor said the PNP is not discounting the possibility that some quarters may be exploiting the situation to create hysteria and fear, " but we’d rather take these threats with utmost prudence and due diligence."

"We assure the public of the readiness of the Philippine National Police in addressing any threat of this nature, and thwarting any attempt by threat groups to sow fear and anxiety among our people," he said.

He also appealed to the public to remain calm, vigilant and alert in reporting to authorities any unusual movement or activities of suspicious persons.

Mayor added that any information may be reported thru the nationwide public safety helpline PATROL 117 or PNP Text 0917-847-5757 for immediate police assistance. (PNA)

LAM/CLTC

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