Ateneo de Manila campus gets bomb threats

Jodesz Gavilan
Ateneo de Manila campus gets bomb threats
(UPDATED) The Ateneo de Manila University and the PNP conduct an evening and morning sweep of the campus, and find no irregularities

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) late Sunday, October 27, confirmed it received anonymous bomb threats on social media but gave assurances that safety protocols are in place.

The University released a statement on Monday, October 28, saying, its Campus Safety and Mobility Office, in coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP), “conducted thorough sweeps of the campus last night and early this morning and found no irregularity.”

The statement also said, “Be assured that we continue to strictly implement our security protocol under current circumstances. Please remain calm and alert, cooperate and report anything suspicious to any of our security personnel stationed all around the campus.”

Earlier, an official Facebook post from The University said it had “just received via social media anonymous bomb threats, we are handling the situation using our security protocols,” .

The university also asked “students, employees, and other stakeholders to stay calm and alert.” 

ADMU also said it will post updates as necessary.

In a tweet, the Sanggunian ng mga Paaralang Loyola ng Ateneo de Manila also confirmed that that “the University Campus Security and Mobility Office (CSMO) headed by Mr Marcelino Mendoza is on top of things.”

It added that classes and work would not be suspended on Monday, October 28.

“Rest assured, the University has protocols to ensure the safety of the community in situations like this. Security has been heightened and stringent protocols are in place starting early this evening,” it said.

“Please stay calm and mindful in processing information in situations like this,” the council added. 

This is not the first bomb threat against Ateneo. In March 2016, a bomb threat forced students and employees to evacuate and prompted a class suspension–

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Jodesz Gavilan

Jodesz Gavilan is a writer and researcher for Rappler and its investigative arm, Newsbreak. She covers human rights and also hosts the weekly podcast Newsbreak: Beyond the Stories. She joined Rappler in 2014 after obtaining her journalism degree from the University of the Philippines.