PNP probing QC bomb hoax

Azurin said the PNP explosive ordnance disposal unit thoroughly checked the area and no bomb was found

The Philippine National Police is investigating a bomb threat that disrupted classes early Monday at New Era Elementary School in Quezon City.

PNP Chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. said the police have already checked the area and determined the absence of explosive devices. He added they are identifying who could be behind the bomb hoax.

“We are looking at every possibility — where the call came from. So the investigation continues although the area is already cleared,” Azurin stated in the vernacular during a press briefing Monday.

Authorities reported around 6,000 primary and high school students were affected by the bomb scare.

According to a report, a teacher from the school received a call around 5:30 a.m. Monday that there’s a bomb inside the school campus. The management immediately called the authorities who then asked that the students be sent home for their safety.

Azurin said the PNP explosive ordnance disposal unit thoroughly checked the area and no bomb was found. The affected classes resumed after the PNP gave its clearance.

However, Azurin said that the decision to suspend other classes will still be up to the school management.

“If it was already cleared, they can continue their classes in the school, so it depends on New Era’s management,” he added.

Meantime, Azurin said he will require police presence at schools following the bomb threat and a recent stabbing incident in the city’s Culiat High School.

“We will require our PNP, like what I’ve said, the police presence at schools should not only be during the opening of classes, police should always be there, especially during the time when there are school activities,” he said.

He expressed hoped that the National Capital Region Police Office would adopt the practice of Police Regional Office 4A where policemen lead flag raising ceremonies in schools.

This will allow students and teachers to immediately approach policemen and ask for assistance anytime within school hours, Azurin said.

Azurin urged public and private schools to allow police presence on their campuses.

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