• Schools near Palace get bomb threats


    EARLY-MORNING bomb threats gripped schools surrounding Malacañan Palace, prompting one of them to suspend classes at all levels.

    Centro Escolar University (CEU), San Beda College, Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (Earist) and the College of the Holy Spirit-Manila received bomb threats.

    A person who identified himself as Abu Raja posted the threat on his Facebook account, and claimed to be a member of the Abu Sayyaf terror and kidnap group.

    Raja claimed bombs were planted in the schools and that they would explode at 8 a.m. Monday.

    Authorities immediately secured the schools and found no bombs.

    Holy Spirit suspended classes from elementary to college.

    Earist administrators said the bomb threat was received Sunday night and that they sought help from the Manila Police District District (MPD) Explosive and Ordnance Division, which declared the school safe.

    Police also combed the campuses of CEU, Holy Spirit and San Beda College—all located in the Mendiola district—and declared the campuses safe.

    MPD Director Joel Pantaleon Coronel urged the public, including students in the city’s various colleges and universities, to be on alert.

    He also called for patience amid long queues formed by body searches in malls and transport terminals.


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