'Corrupt' officials in Negros town threatened with grenade
abs-cbnNEWS.com | 02/27/2009 4:50 PM
A bomb threat made against the vice-mayor's office in Sibulan town, Negros Oriental sent employees and municipal officials into panic Thursday.
Police found a live explosive inside a bathroom near the office of Sibulan Vive mayor Manuel Diputado, reports said.
Members of the Explosive Ordnance Division (EOD) from the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Negros Oriental reportedly searched the area and found a rifle grenade with ground rice hull concealed in a sack in one of the building's bathrooms.
The grenade was brought to the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office to be discharged.
Police were alerted about the bomb threat after an employee from the city treasurer's office allegedly received a text message from an unknown sender reportedly saying "Public warning: To all Sibulanon, keep away to these premises; municipal court, police station. Bomb explodes anytime. We will punish corrupt and one-sided officials."
Employees were then immediately evacuated from the Municipal hall by members of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).
Municipal employees reportedly said that Diputado has never had any prior threats against him.
Sibulan Mayor Antonio Renacia, meanwhile, reportedly said that security will be tightened in local government offices. He also hoped that the incident would not affect the town's image.
Police have yet to identify the culprits. -- report from John DX Lapid, ABS-CBN Central Visayas
as of 02/27/2009 5:33 PM