Another suspected bomb jolts Manila City Hall in the capital’s Ermita district on Wednesday morning when a street sweeper allegedly found the suspected bomb on top of a trash bin at the nearby University of Manila in N. Lopez Street past 6 a.m.
As such, the street sweeper brought the “bomb” in front of the Manila City Hall before calling the police.
The suspected bomb caused authorities to closed off the N. Lopez Street and the nearby Bonifacio Shrine.
However, Around 7:30 a.m., Manila Police District (MPD) Station 5 chief Supt. Romeo Desiderio said the suspected bomb attached to a cellphone and was found in front of Manila City Hall was fake.
“As per EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) natin, wala iyung mga component ng explosive. Iyun IED na nakita, hoax lang,” he explained. Wala siyang component lang yung mga explosive, initiator — parang pinagsama-sama lang… wiring lang saka cellphone pati dynamite-type na paper. Nananakot lang iyung naglagay.”
Meanwhile, it was only last week when a homemade bomb was found inside a trash can in Roxas Boulevard, prompting a closure of the road and an evacuation of the US Embassy.
Based on reports, authorities have linked the November 28 bomb threat to the Ansar Al Khalifa, an alliance of terror groups that include the Maute Group which have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.