Ateneo suspends work, classes due to bomb threat

Posted at 02/12/2014 12:21 PM | Updated as of 02/12/2014 5:09 PM

MANILA (UPDATE 3) - Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) in Katipunan suspended work and classes on Wednesday morning due to a bomb threat.

The Guidon, one of the university’s student publications, said on Twitter: “All Ateneo classes and office work suspended due to bomb threat. PNP units now sweeping the campus.”

Based on a text blast sent by the university to its students, Ateneo said, “We advise all units on the Loyola Heights campus to execute evacuation procedures similar to fire drills. Everyone is asked to go home.”

Quezon City Police District Chief Richard Albano said an initial sweep did not find a bomb. However, “they are still continuing the sweep at this time.”

Ateneo President Jett Villarin said the buildings have not been deemed safe yet. The “residential buildings [have been] prioritized. Admin will release official statement by 5 PM,” The Guidon also reported.

ADMU supposedly received three text messages regarding the bomb threat beginning 9:20 a.m., Albano said.

No particular building

On ANC, ADMU communications and public relations office director Sonia Araneta said several employees received the text messages about the alleged bomb almost simultaneously.

Aside from the tertiary colleges, the Katipunan campus also includes the primary and secondary levels of the school.

“There was no indication in the text messages which particular building [where the alleged bomb will take off],” Araneta said.

She said parents and guardians were immediately informed of the situation. Some of the children who have not been picked up by their parents “are altogether in one area designated [in times like this].”