CEBU City Mayor Tomas Osmeña has advised the public to be more vigilant as several bomb threats have been reported to authorities.
Although all of the reports were false alarms, Osmeña said there is no assurance that an attack will not happen in the city.
He emphasized that the public should be ready and aware at all times.
“I’m not going to give assurance that there will be no bombs. No one is ready for it but the more alert we are the better. How can you be ready for something like this,” he told reporters.
Just yesterday morning, another bomb scare was reported at the Mambaling Police Station after a small package believed to be an explosive was left outside the Concord Technical Institute on Cabreros St. in Barangay BasakSan Nicolas.
Councilor Dave Tumulak said that authorities, including the bomb squad of the Special Weapons and Tactics team, responded.
It was the third bomb threat reported in Cebu City in the last two weeks.
Tumulak said when responders opened the package, there was no explosive.
“It turned out that it contained sand, gravel and three umbrella nails and no explosives,” Tumulak said.
The councilor reiterated his call to the public to refrain from making prank bomb threats that will just scare the public.
“It was clear that this was done deliberately to alarm the public,” Tumulak said in Cebuano.
Aside from wasting resources of the responders, Tumulak said it also worries their families. It will also delay the response to legitimate calls.
He urged the public to report to the nearest police station or to the City’s command and control center anyone they see leaving suspicious-looking bags and packages.
That way, police can arrest them since the act violates Presidential Decree 1727, which punishes anyone who “willfully makes any threat or maliciously conveys false information, knowing the same to be false,” Tumulak told Sun.Star Cebu.