Bomb threat spooks Batasan
MANILA (UPDATED) - Did a bomb threat spook the Batasan Pambansa Wednesday?
House Speaker Sonny Belmonte said there was a threat.
"Somebody called up nga daw. But aside from the usual precautions, everything normal naman," he said.
House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales earlier indicated there didn't seem to be a bomb threat.
Gonzales said he asked House sergeant-at-arms Nicasio Radovan about the movement of K-9 units and the presence of a bomb squad.
Rodavan told him it was just a routine check. Gonzales said he found bomb-sniffing dogs emerging from his office.
Security was the same level as in other days, based on a visual check by ABS-CBN News. All vehicles parking and entering the complex were subjected to inspection by K-9 units .
All people were still being subjected to checks through metal detectors. No evacuation order was given. No one was evacuated.
The budget hearing of the Justice Department at the Rolando Andaya Hall at the second floor of the south wing continued as scheduled.
Plenary sessions ended early though at just 5 pm and will resume August 27.
Gonzales said it's because they really had no other business for Wednesday except for 2 privilege speeches.
The budget hearing for the DOJ continued.
Next week, there will only be work at Batasan for one day, August 20. August 19 is a holiday in Quezon City -- the birthday of former President Manuel Luis Quezon.
August 21 is Ninoy Aquino Day, a national holiday. August 26 is National Heroes Day.