Bomb scare hits Guimaras

BY GLENDA SOLOGASTOA

Sunday, June 25, 2017

 

ILOILO – A bomb scare hit Guimaras a day after Gov. Samuel Gumarin placed the island province under “red alert.”

A worn black knapsack left beside a Land Bank of the Philippine automated teller machine booth on Friday prompted suspicion and fear among the authorities and civilians.

They suspected it to contain explosives.

No explosive of any kind was found inside the bag, police later said. Officers are now searching for the person who left the bag.

Land Bank security guard Michael Ganancial found the bag around 7:45 a.m., said Chief Inspector Sheila Marie Sardoma, Jordan municipal police chief.

The bank in Barangay San Miguel, Jordan was near the provincial capitol.

Ganancial checked the bag and found an AM/FM transistor radio. He has not seen the rest of the bag’s contents.

Police cordoned the area and called a bomb squad of the Philippine Army based in the municipality of Dingle in this province.

A witness told the police a group of men on board a white van left the bag.

The Army bomb squad found no explosive in the bag, Superintendent Julio Gustilo, Guimaras police director, said in a text message.

“We have identified the person who left the bag through security camera footage,” said Gustilo.

IN JANIUAY, TOO

On the same day, another bomb scare hit Janiuay town in this province.

Employees were told evacuate the municipal hall after an Assessor’s Office worker received a bomb threat via text message around 2 p.m., according to Senior Inspector John Paul Guay, Janiuay police chief.

“May bomba diyan sa munisipyo kag malupok burobhay,” the text message read. (There’s a bomb that’s about to detonate at the municipal hall.)

Municipal police officers scoured the building for explosives but did not find any.

Still, Guay said they called the Explosives and Ordnance Division, which later declared the building clear from any bomb./PN