By Tara Yap
A bomb hoax caused residents to panic at world-famous Boracay Island in Malay, town Aklan province Tuesday.
Senior Police Officer 1 Christopher Mendoza, community relations officer of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Boracay, said the incident happened Tuesday morning.
According to Mendoza, Boracay PNP received information that a bomb was allegedly found at Manocmanoc Elementary School.
Members of Boracay PNP and its Explosive Ordnance Division (EOD) responded. No bomb was found.
The incident caused classes to be temporarily suspended and had parents rushing to the school to fetch their children.
Some parents pointed to a mother who allegedly spread the false information. Boracay PNP interrogated the unnamed mother, who claimed she got the information from her husband, who also got it from someone else.
Police Regional Office (PRO-6) has earlier appealed to the public in Western Visayas region to stop spreading hoax terrorist threat information.
Since last week, hoax bomb threats were also reported in Capiz, Guimaras and Iloilo provinces.
The series of hoax threats came after the June 18 attack of the New People’s Army (NPA) against a police station in Maasin town, Iloilo and the detention of three suspected Maute members in Iloilo City.
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