A bomb threat at the University of the Philippines, Diliman campus recently alarmed students on Thursday afternoon.
According to reports, UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan said that according to Chief Security Officer John Baronia, the bomb threat looked like a hoax, but the Security Service Brigade (SSB) was on “extra alert” and swept buildings for suspicious bags or packages.
“It is not advisable to suspend classes or evacuate because pranksters want this to happen but we will take all precautions. Let’s not cause panic,” Tan said.
Thus, officials are appealing the students to remain calm amid conflicting campus-wide bomb threat.
According to SSG, the bomb threat allegedly started when an employee of the Campus maintenance Office got a text message from the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) that a bomb will explode at 3:30 p.m. within the campus.
However, campus security followed safety procedures despite getting the text message at 3:40 P.M., 10 minutes after the supposed explosion.
Reported further, Tan said that the unknown message sender claimed the bomb was “revenge for attacks in Patikul, Sulu.”
But, even if the message looks hoax, UP officials are not taking chances.
“We have ordered our security forces to be on full alert for the next few days. Staff have been instructed to be on the lookout for suspicious looking bags or packages, which will be turned over to bomb disposal squads if needed,” Tan said.
Meanwhile, it was earlier reported by the Philippine National Police that there is no threat of an imminent ASG attack in Metro Manila. However, social media posts from campus paper Philippine Collegian and the University Student Council showed students exiting buildings due to the threat.