A BOMB threat circulated through a text message halted work at the Negros Occidental Capitol Building in Bacolod City Friday, prompting Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. to send the employees home past noon.
Marañon said he was informed by police provincial director, Senior Superintendent William Señoron, and the Capitol staff about the bomb threat.
It read, “Mr. Gov. Masama and iyong umaga ngayon 11:30 a.m. at 3:00 p.m. May maganap na pagsabog ng..c-4 bomb sa iyong kapitolyo at maraming mamamatay sa araw na ito concern citizen po it. mr. tamslaw.”
Señoron said he has also received such text message as well as some Capitol employees.
The governor employed a remedial measure and ordered the employees to vacate the Capitol, he added.
“We could not establish where the original text messages came from because it was only forwarded and circulated,” Señoron said.
The Explosive and Ordnance Division of the Philippine Army and the K-9 team of the Philippine Coast Guard were deployed to search the entire Capitol area.
The clearing operations started at 2:15 p.m. and a clear-out was declared at 5:46 p.m.
Señoron said that since such text messages disrupts the regular work activities of concerned offices, proper management training and information on how to handle such situation must be taken.
He also urged those responsible for sending the text message to stop what they are doing because it creates panic and disruption of work. (TDE)