Bomb threats inquiry congest 911-A A +A
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
DAVAO CITY -- Inquiry on fake bomb threats in Davao City caused the congestion of the emergency hotline number 911 Wednesday afternoon, according to an official of the City Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC).
Dante Donaire, development and management officer of the CDRRMC, said they received many calls, verifying the unconfirmed reports of explosions that circulated through Facebook posts and text messages.
"Ubay-ubay na gyud. Paspas kaayo ang mga tawag, sunod-sunod labi na karon hapon (There were series of calls especially this afternoon)," Donaire told Sun.Star Davao, adding that they start to receive inquiries since Tuesday, September 17.
Despite the overcrowding of calls, he said they take all calls and consider all information as vital, hence, they immediately verify these on the field.
Sun.Star Davao reporters also received a lot of queries in connection with the bomb threats in the city.
The official Facebook account of the City Government of Davao on Wednesday afternoon posted, "Text messages of explosions circulating are all FALSE. Responders were earlier deployed only to check on suspicious objects as regular precautionary measures. All were cleared as safe objects."
Donaire said the areas which reportedly received bomb threats, according to their callers, were at NCCC Mall in Matina, NCCC in Uyanguren, and Matina Centerpoint, adding that there were casualties, among others.
He said there were also operatives who called and referred to them the information they also received on the field, asking them to immediately relay threats, if there is any.
"Na-alarma ang public, nagpasabot ra pud nga naging vigilant sila sa tanang nahitabo ug posible mahitabo sa Davao (The public is alarmed, that only means that they are vigilant with anything that may possibly happen in the city)," Donaire said.
He added: "Okay man pud nang ing-ana kay vigilant sila pero dili sila dapat mahadlok, padayon lang sa pagiging vigilant (It's alright to be vigilant but they should not be afraid at all. Let's just continue to be vigilant)."
Donaire said the people of Davao might be alarmed of the hoax bomb threats they received after the twin explosion inside the Cinema 1 of SM City and Cinema 5 of Gaisano Mall on Monday evening.
Meanwhile, Talomo police authorities cordoned off a white Toyota Corolla, suspected to be a bomb car, which was parked outside the Mercury Drug near Matina Centerpoint.
However, the owner of the car arrived thereafter and told the police that he just left his car since its engine conked out. (Sun.Star Davao/Sunex)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 19, 2013.