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Bomb scare snarls EDSA traffic


A sabotage.

That was how the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) described the placing of a big box that triggered a bomb scare and snarled traffic along Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City.

The MMDA said the incident was intended to sabotage the agency.

MMDA EDSA Traffic chief Edison “Bong” Nebrija said it was the fifth time this week that someone left garbage along EDSA.

NO BOMB Police officers inspect a ‘balikbayan box’ left at the EDSA-Shaw underpass that jammed traffic for hours. Members of the bomb squad that responded found no bomb. PHOTO BY JOHN ORVEN VERDOTE

The box left at the corner of Shaw Boulevard and EDSA contained styrofoam.

The MMDA closed the inner northbound and southbound lanes of EDSA-Shaw, as authorities inspected the box.

After verifying the box had no bomb, the closed lanes were opened to motorists at around 12:30 p.m.

“It causes delay ‘di ba syempre ‘yung mga vehicle na dadaan d’yan (vehicles who will pass) tends to slow down,” he said.

Nebrija said they had videos of two suspects, but they were still looking for others because there were many blindspots in their cameras.

The traffic chief said economic sabotage could be filed against the suspects because of the time commuters spent on traffic.

Meanwhile, Nebrija called on motorists who have dashboard cameras to submit a copy of their clips to the police.

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Today’s Front Page January 25, 2020

Today’s Front Page January 25, 2020