Bomb scare rocks Ecija co-op bank

November 01, 2018

SAN Jose City -- A local branch of a cooperative bank in this city was rocked by a bomb threat after closing hours on the eve of All Saints’ Day Wednesday night.

City police head Supt. Marco Dadez said a branch of FICO Bank (First Isabela Cooperative Bank) got a text message sent to one of its employees saying a bomb was allegedly planted inside the bank located at Ignacio Building along Maharlika Highway in Bgy. F.E. Marcos.

Dadez said Assistant Bank Manager Carol Mayo, 29, single, of Bgy. Kapitan Pepe, Cabanatuan City, called up the police at 10:20 p.m. and told them the bomb threat was sent by an unidentified texter with mobile number 0928-436-7329 at 8 p.m.

Immediately, the bank premises were cordoned off and the employees ordered to evacuate the building as personnel of the Army’s Explosive and Ordnance Division along with the K-9 unit of the 7th Infantry Division headed by Staff Sergeant Roldan Mamawag arrived to clear and secure the area, he said.

At 1:18 a.m. yesterday, authorities declared the bomb threat as a “hoax” as the whole bank premises were found safe and free of any bomb or explosive devices.

Dadez said they are still investigating the incident.