About 300 government offices, private companies and even international organizations received bomb threats which turned out to be hoax Tuesday and yesterday.
A message saying a bomb would go off was sent by electronic mail (e-mail) by a certain Alexander Unger with email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Sa second floor ng office niyo sa may steel cabinet, may 4 na envelope-sized bombs na nakatago. Kahapon namin nilagay at sasabog yan ngayon (November 8),” the mail read.
In Quezon City, six offices of the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) were hit by bomb scares.
Quezon City Police District’s Explosive Ordnance Division (QCPD-EOD) searched those places at 4 p.m. and found no bomb.
Bomb threats also disrupted the operations in DENR main office on Visayas Avenue, DENR-National Capital Region office on East Avenue; the DA main office, and the DA Training Center on Elliptical Road.
Employees of DepEd Quezon City office in Barangay Bago Bantay were also evacuated as the bomb squad search the premises.
On the other hand, employees at the DILG stayed in the compound as authorities made their rounds first.
Chief Inspector Noel Sublay, head of QCPD-EOD, said that while the offices reported the threats in separate times, the message, based on the mail, was sent at around 12:27 p.m. the same day.
The copy also showed that the same threat was sent to other government agencies such as Department of Tourism, Budget and Management, Social Welfare and Development, Transportation, and Energy, among others, and their regional offices.
Sublay said the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group will be tapped to trace the perpetrator. (Vanne Elaine P. Terrazola)