PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – An improvised explosive device was found Monday morning, July 15, near the wharf of Sabang, a coastal village where tourists take off on boats to visit the city’s famous Underground River.
Police and park authorities temporarily closed off the tourist attraction after the bomb disposal unit decided to explode the device.
Police Senior Supt Atanacio Macalan Jr said they are still investigating the incident.
Western Command Commander Lt. Gen. Rustico Guerrero said the bomb was isolated after a civilian called their attention to a suspicious package and a Philippine Coast Guard sniffing dog alerted authorities.
“It was addressed safely and nobody was hurt,” Guerrero said.
State-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) earlier reported that an explosion happened at the park’s wharf.
But Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez clarified that the “explosion was detonated by the police away from the wharf.”
On April 5, 2012, successive blasts happened at El Nido and Puerto Princesa. – Rappler.com