A MID-DAY bomb scare on Monday, October 10, disrupted activities at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) campus in Bacolod City, including the college students’ final examinations.
Mars Olea, university security and safety supervisor, said the school guard assigned at the exit gate received a telephone call from an unidentified Tagalog-speaking man around 11:20 a.m.
The unidentified male caller told guard Julius Rebidad that a bomb will explode at the building of College of Business and Accountancy (CBA).
Olea said the caller told the security guard, “May bombang sasabog sa Commerce building, huwag ninyo itong babalewalain (A bomb will explode at the Commerce building, don’t ignore this message).”
After he was informed about the phone call, Olea advised the security guards to cordon the CBA building.
The students inside the campus were prohibited to pass by the building while students outside were not allowed to enter the campus while the clearing operation was being conducted.
Personnel of Police Station 6 led by Chief Inspector Jovil Sedel arrived and continued the search when another call from the same person was received by guard Mateo Larobis at about 12:30 p.m.
After the validation, the police declared the campus cleared of any explosive at about 1 p.m.
UNO-R Vice President for External Affairs Carlos Legaspi Jr. said the bomb threat was considered a “hoax.”
Legaspi then announced that the college final examinations will resume.
Elementary and high students had no classes when the incident happened.
Legaspi said they cannot identify whether the caller was a student or anyone in the school but, he assured the students that the university is prepared for any crisis.
He added that the university also experienced a bomb scare during the midterm examinations in 2009.