A bomb scare jolted the Manila City Hall as a suspected improvised explosive device (IED) was found near the city hall’s gate that Mayor Joseph Estrada uses as he reports to work. It was, however, a fake bomb.
According to ABS-CBN News, a street sweeper named Junmar found the fake bomb on top a trash can outside the gate of the University of Manila along Natividad Street at past 6 a.m. The suspicious object was reportedly dumped along with discarded school projects.
Junmar handed the fake bomb to another street sweeper named Romeo, who gave it to security guards of the Manila City Hall.
At around 7:30 a.m., Manila Police District (MPD) Station 5 chief Supt. Romeo Desiderio said the suspected bomb, which was attached to a cellphone, was a fake. It has no actual bomb components.
“Wiring lang saka, ‘yun lang, cellphone plus ‘yung dynamite type na paper,” he said. “Nananakot lang ‘yung naglagay.”
[It’s just wirings, a cellphone and paper dynamite. The one who placed it just wanted to scare us]
The MPD Explosive Ordnance Disposal team conducted a “disrupting process” to neutralize” the fake bomb.
The fake bomb discovery came just after a little over a week after an actual IED was found near the U.S. Embassy along Roxas Boulevard.