Classes at Ateneo de Iloilo – Santa Maria Catholic School (ADI-SMCS) in Mandurriao district, Iloilo City on Tuesday, Oct. 2, were disrupted by a bomb scare.
Students and faculty members were ordered to vacate the school premises at around 11 a.m.
This after a suspicious object that looked like an improvised explosive device (IED) was found near Gate 2 of the school.
The Explosive Ordnance Division (EOD) of the Police Regional Office (PRO-6) rushed to the area.
After conducting a disrupting process, members of the EOD found out that the object had no explosive component.
“Ang itsura nya like IED pero fake sya. Hungod sya nga ginhimo para magpahadlok,“EOD’s Reman Benobo said in a press conference.
ADI-SMCS condemed in the strongest terms the action.
“This incident is planned and intends not only to disrupt school activities but also to sow fear among our stakeholders and the whole city,” said Fr. Joseph Y. Haw, school president, in a statement.
According to him, the school, in cooperation with the authorities, “will conduct further investigation to determine the perpetrator and pursue legal actions.”
“We assure the public that we shall continue to intensify our security efforts to ensure a safe learning environment,” Haw said.IMT