NFA bomb threat a false alarm

LAOAG CITY (July 14) – National Food Authority staff personnel and employees quickly evacuated from their offices here on Thursday due to an emergency call about a “bomb threat” aimed at their building.

Elements of the PNP Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT), Explosive and Ordnance Division (EOD), PNP provincial office and Laoag City Police immediately rushed to the scene in response to the emergency warning.

Veralew de Vera, NFA assistant provincial manager said that on early Thursday morning, they received an emergency call from the Laoag City Police Station informing them about the bomb threat targeting the NFA building.

For two hours, lawmen searched every corner of the building and compound amid mild panic and tension among people near the vicinity.

The employees later were allowed to return to their respective offices after the bomb squad found no explosives and declared the place cleared of danger.

Acting police provincial director S/Supt.Jose Melencio Nartatez, Jr. said that he had directed his men to investigate the case to know the motive behind the incident.

He noted that although it was the handiwork of a prankster, the police acted with dispatch and precision to ensure the safety of the general public. (tsg)