Cebu City Hall receives ‘fake’ bomb threat

WORK at the Cebu City Hall was interrupted on Friday, October 28, 2022, after the mayor’s executive assistance reported a bomb threat to the police.

Regina Lingawlingaw received a text message from 09608997625, which read: "BOOM. HAPPY BIRTH DEATH MAYOR RAMA. KAMI DI ME TANTONG SALBAJES NAA PAY ORAS GAMAY PARA MAKAGAWAS MO TANAN HASTA ANG MGA KURAKOT SA PIKAS BUILDING (Since we’re not that savage all of you even the corrupt in the next building still have time to evacuate). DAKODAKO NI NGA BUTO (This will be a big explosion). TIMER STARTS NOW. BOOM.”

She said the number was not in her phone book.

Major Henry Orbiso, chief of the Waterfront Police Station, said he immediately dispatched his men along with personnel of special police units Explosive Ordnance Division and Canine Group to City Hall after receiving Lingawlingaw’s call at 11:50 a.m.

Employees returned to work after they didn’t find any bombs and declared the buildings safe.

Orbiso said the Waterfront police will coordinate with relevant agencies to identify the text sender.

He urged the public not to pass bomb threat messages to friends first to avoid panic. The matter should be reported to police immediately so they can verify and respond, he said.

On October 20, the Cebu City Hall of Justice at Qimonda Building in Barangay Mabolo also received bomb threats, disrupting court operations for nearly two hours.

Just like the other bomb threats received this year, there were no explosives in the building.

On October 10, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. signed into law the SIM Registration Act, which a city councilor said could put an end to fake bomb threats. (BBT)