THE jokes just keep coming.
A 15-year-old boy and a 34-year-old woman were invited for questioning after they made a bomb joke inside two malls near Cardinal Rosales Ave. and Colon St. yesterday.
At 7 p.m. last Wednesday, Daniel (name withheld) was rescued when he joked about a bomb at the entrance of the mall.
Chief Insp. Jacinto Mandal said the mall management immediately released the minor when his mother fetched him.
“Even if you are a minor, you are not exempted because this is a serious offense. You will be punished in accordance to the law,” Mandal said.
“Your parents or your guardians can be punished for not taking responsibility of you,” he added.
Fifteen hours later, Jannelle Camacho, was also apprehended by the mall’s security guard inside a mall in Colon St., Barangay Kalubihan.
The arresting officer said that when the suspect was about to enter the establishment to submit her bag for inspection, she said in Cebuano, “Oh. Naa nay bomba (Here. It has a bomb in it).”
The two violated Presidential Decree 1727 or the “malicious dissemination of false information concerning bombs, explosives and other similar devices.”
A security guard who asked not to be named said he witnessed the situation last night and that the boy was regretful. “Naghilak-hilak siya (He was crying hard),” the guard said.
This is the fifth incident of bomb jokes or threats in Cebu City following the Davao blast, which claimed 15 lives and wounded 69 others inside a night market.
The first bomb joke was made by a single mother on Sept. 9 and it was followed on Sept. 12 by a 19-year-old man.
The third incident happened in Cabreros St. in Barangay Basak San Nicolas after a small package was left outside the Concord Technical Institute.
It was believed to be an improvised explosive at first, but when it was opened, the Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) only found sand, gravel and three umbrella nails.
The fourth and fifth recorded incidents involved a 15-year-old student who made a bomb joke in a mall in Cardinal Rosales Ave. and Camacho.
“Gi-komedyahan ra nako. Ingon ko hala naa ra ba ni bomba, miana rako (I was only joking. I said that ‘Watch out, my bag contained a bomb, I told him),” Camacho said.
She admitted that she knew that whoever will make a joke about bombs will be arrested and said that she regretted what she did.
The management of the mall where Camacho was caught will file charges against her.