by Krysten Mariann Boado
University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) students were asked to evacuate the campus earlier after the Campus Maintenance Office (CMO) received a text message saying there were bombs planted around UP that would explode after 3:30 p.m.
CMO identified the alleged SMS sender as the Abu Sayaff Group (ASG) who claimed the supposed explosion was an act of revenge for attacks in Patikul, Sulu.
The bomb threat turned out to be a hoax as confirmed by UPD Chancellor Michael Tan and Chief Security Officer John Baroña.
The UP administration did not suspend classes while the threat was still under investigation.
On the other hand, classes and activities scheduled after the threat was declared a hoax still ensued.
In a statement released by the chancellor, Tan said they have ordered UP’s security forces to be on “full alert for the next few days.”
Furthermore, staff have also been instructed to stay alert for suspicious-looking bags and packages, which will be handed to bomb dispersal squads if needed.
“We will continue to be on alert with or without bomb threats given the tense situation with the ASG,” the statement read.