A bomb threat sent thru text message forced Ateneo de Manila University to evacuate its students and personnel at 12 noon on Wednesday. All units of the Loyola Heights campus were advised to use fire drill procedures for evacuation, according to Ateneo President Jose Ramon Villarin.
Dan Remo of the Ateneo Student Council said that classes and office work were suspended with the Philippine National Police investigating the incident.
At 9:49 a.m., three Ateneo employees simultaneously received a text message from an unregistered number warning them that there was a bomb that would explode within 30 minutes, Ateneo Corporate Communications head Sonia Araneta said. Many students and personnel will die, the text message said.
“I got the same text message, too. I went out of Ateneo immediately together with my daughter. It was sad and shocking to hear that there is a bomb threat in the school premises. It’s alarming because Ateneo is mainly composed of a student population,” School of Government student Trina Tolentino said.
Social Science teacher Annabelle Cruz said that the high school department announced the evacuation through speakers in all classrooms while classes were ongoing. All were evacuated in an orderly fashion, she said.
The South Tower of the university dormitory was likewise cleared following the bomb threat.