Bomb hoax snarls Metro traffic

Posted at 08/22/12 1:38 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- A suspected bomb was found along Katipunan Avenue, near C-5 and P. Tuazon Street on Wednesday morning, causing heavy traffic in the area.

In a post on its official Twitter account at 12:10 p.m., the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said motorists should take alternate routes as the suspected bomb was being defused.

Traffic along the Aurora-Katipunan flyover was also affected by the bomb defusing, the MMDA said.

However, MMDA Traffic Director Yves Gonzalez later tweeted that according to the Philippine National Police, the box found in an abandoned vehicle was not a bomb after all.

A bomb squad was dispatched to check if it was a bomb as a matter of protocol.

"Talked to Gen Vaño of PNP. Negative bomb daw, suspicious box left in abandoned vehicle after a chase. That’s why bomb squad had to check," he said.

It was earlier reported on DZMM that an abandoned vehicle, a green Toyota Revo with plate number WHB 167, was found along Katipunan Avenue, at the corner of P. Tuazon St. in Quezon City.

Police said they had yet to identify who left the vehicle, which bore bullet holes. - with a report by Robert Mano, DZMM