- Four schools in Manila were gripped by bomb threats early Monday morning
- At least one school has suspended its classes in elementary, high school and college levels
- The bomb scare came just days after the deadly bombing in Davao City on Friday
MANILA, Philippines – On the first day of school following the Davao City bombing, at least four schools in Manila received bomb threats which were all proven to be a hoax.
The schools identified in an ABS-CBN News reports are the Centro Escolar University (CEU), San Beda College, Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST) and the College of the Holy Spirit-Manila (CHSM).
The first to receive was the Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST) on Sunday night; sending authorities to make a thorough search of the campus for possible explosives.
Then came a Facebook message from one Abu Raja, who claimed to be a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group, sent to the Centro Escolar University around 4:30 in the morning.
The same message also reportedly warned of bombs planted in the campuses of San Beda College and two other schools.
The College of Holy Spirit in Mendiola immediately suspended classes in its elementary, secondary and college levels.
All the three schools, however, continued with their schools after operatives from Manila Police District (MPD) conducted a sweep of their premises and yielded negative of any explosive devices.
The bomb threats in Manila schools came just days after the night market bombing in Davao City on Friday that left 14 people dead and at least 67 others wounded.
President Rodrigo Duterte has since declared a “state of lawlessness” in the city as authorities pursued the suspects in the deadly blast claimed earlier by the terror group Abu Sayyaf.