Box left at Ayala mall contains cigars, not bomb-A A +A
Monday, September 2, 2013
THE Talisay City Police Office and the Philippine Army had discharged and disposed of a box believed to be containing suspected bomb at Ayala North Point mall in Talisay, Negros Occidental, Saturday evening.
But it was only a package of cigarettes, said Talisay police commander Joeresty Coronica on Sunday.
He said they received a call from the security guard of the mall around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, informing them that a box was left at the back of one of the restaurants of the mall.
The box was wrapped in paper, bore no identification, and appeared to have been abandoned.
When responding officers arrived in the area, the K-9 dog of Ayala sniffed the box and sat beside it, indicating there was something inside, Coronica said.
Talisay policemen immediately cordoned the area, and the manager of Ayala likewise informed the customers of the restaurant to vacate the area calmly and not to panic.
Police quickly sought the assistance of the Army to send its Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel to check on the box.
Coronica said the K-9 dog of the Philippine Army also sniffed the box and sat beside it.
Around 11:55 p.m. Saturday, the Army discharged the box in the area but found out that it was only a package of cigarettes.
Before the box was found, there was power supply interruption at Ayala North Point that lasted for about 25 minutes.
Police theorized that somebody could have stolen the cigarettes and the box was left in the area during the power outage.
Coronica said they could not discount the possibility of a bombing in Bacolod City, following the blast in Davao City. He said, though, that based on their intelligence monitoring, there is no presence of terrorists within their area of responsibility.
Police advised the public to inform authorities if they see a suspicious box in their place.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 02, 2013.