CLASSES and offices in the Ateneo De Manila University in Quezon City were suspended due to a bomb scare Monday morning.
According to the school’s official student publication “The Guidon” Office for Student Services (OSS) director Cholo Mallillin ordered the evacuation.
“This is not a drill. We have an urgent situation,” Mallillin said over the school’s public address (PA) system, as quoted by Guidon.
Radio reports said the AdMU community was ordered to assemble at the university field.
A mobile of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) bomb squad was also spotted entering the AdMU gate 3.
The Guidon also confirmed that bomb squad cars, fire trucks and K-9 units were sighted inside the campus.
At around 9:55 a.m., another announcement was made: “We are currently on campus lockdown due to a bomb threat.”
The university said on its Facebook account that the bomb threat was received at around 8:30 a.m.
It said the security office immediately called the police and requested the Quezon City Police District Station 9’s explosive and ordnance team to sweep the campus grounds and buildings.
All buildings were evacuated and classes in all levels were cancelled starting at 10 a.m.
This is not the first time ADMU was rocked with a bomb threat.
On Feb. 12, 2014, classes and office work were suspended when a bomb threat was reported in Ateneo. Police later declared the threat as a hoax.