Siliman University rocked by bomb threat; suspends classes

Siliman University. <i>Photo: ABS-CBN News</i>
Siliman University. Photo: ABS-CBN News

A university in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental received a warning from an unidentified person today that a bombing might occur inside its campus, prompting the school administration to suspend classes.

Siliman University’s official Facebook page announced at around 5pm today that the school received a bomb threat from an unidentified individual who said he was an alumnus of the school and a member of the armed communist group New People’s Army.

“He claimed that a possible bombing will occur this afternoon at the University grounds,” the school said. “In view of this information, the Crisis Management Team of the University was convened and coordinated with the Philippine National Police (PNP).”

The school announced that it will be suspending classes and work for employees and asked everyone to refrain from entering the campus until the authorities have given their clearance. As of writing, Siliman has yet to announce if the authorities have declared the campus safe.

Established in 1901, Siliman was the first American university in the entire Asian continent. A private school, it is known for hosting the annual Siliman University National Writers’ Workshop, the oldest creative writing program in Asia.

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