Carbon, CCLEX, 2 other areas in Cebu City get bomb threat

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COURT sessions and work at City Hall were suspended after a threat to bomb four areas in Cebu City was sent via text message Thursday, May 26, 2022.

Areas threatened to be bombed were the Qimonda Building on North Reclamation Area where the Cebu City Hall of Justice is based, the Cebu City Legislative building, Carbon Market and the newly opened Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX).

Police received a call on the bomb threat at Qimonda Building at 1:57 p.m. Thursday. The building houses all the courts in Cebu City.

Personnel of the Mabolo Police Station led by Police Major Francis Renz Talosig, along with the bomb squad of the Cebu City Police Office and the K9 unit of the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas, rushed to the area to check.

Hearings at the courts were suspended and the people were asked to vacate the building for clearing operations.

Talosig said they were still checking who received the bomb threat.

"Mga nagpakaring-ingnun na polis naay dala bomba ga mo-boto alas dos karun na hapon sa City Hall, Qimonda, Carbon, CCLEX og sa laing dapit. LR-KP Skwadron," the text message read.

A police official who asked not to be named told SunStar that a judge called his friend who is a colonel to inform him about the bomb threat.

Thursday’s incident was the second time for Qimonda and at least the sixth time for Cebu City Hall to receive a bomb threat.

Qimonda received a bomb threat in March this year, while Cebu City Hall received bomb threats in August 2021, August 2017, September 2000, May 2000 and April 2000 which turned out to be hoaxes or merely prank calls.

The police admitted that they could not easily locate the source of the text message, as the number used had not been registered.

Mayor Michael Rama encouraged the public to be more watchful and careful after the series of bomb threats received by authorities in Cebu City on Thursday.

Rama told SunStar Cebu that he was in constant communication with the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) to monitor the threats in the city.

Rama said he had just spoken with Police Lt. Col. Wilbert Parilla, deputy director for operations of the CCPO.

"I was telling him (Parilla) to look into it because it was technology motivated and that somehow should be technologically investigated," said Rama.

Rama said that for now, he did not want to attribute a motive for the multiple bomb threats.

Of the culprits behind the threats, Rama lamented that “they have no sensitivity to the people who will be unnecessarily troubled and disturbed."

Police Lt. Franklyn Rosario, team Leader of the Explosive Ordnance Division, said they found no bombs in the four areas cited in the bomb threat.

Rosario urged those responsible for perpetrating such hoaxes to stop doing so, as they are only disrupting the work of the people they are hassling. (AYB, BBT, LMY, IRT)

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