Radio station gets bomb threat

Members of the Explosives and Ordnance Disposal Team (EOD) of the Philippine Army and their bomb-sniffing dog immediately searched the area for the supposed bomb.

They, however, found no explosive and hours later, declared the area safe.

DXND’s finance and administrative officer Ping Barrientos and disc jockey Ritchie Joy Mamburao of dxDM-FM received information from “reliable sources” that an explosive was planted inside the compound, around 7 p.m., Friday.

The information came hours after a progressive peasant group and non-government organization in North Cotabato held a forum opposing the use of genetically-modified organisms (GMO).

It also came after the radio station, in its public affairs program over the weekend, read press statements from the militant Bayan Muna party-list group condemning the latest bombings in Metro Manila, including the latest blasts in the city.

The group accused the Arroyo government and the military as behind the explosions.

Chief Inspector Leo Ajero, city police director, said it is not only dxND that has received bomb threats after the November 22 blast that killed a mall employee and injured seven others, including a police officer.

Other business establishments, bus companies, and even the city government, had been receiving bomb and extortion threats from a group that identified itself as Al Khobar, Ajero said.

Ajero said they have yet to determine where the bomb threat against dxND-AM came from.

The Al Khobar, according to City Mayor Rodolfo Gantuangco, admitted it orchestrated the twin blasts in the city on October 5 and the mall explosion on Nov. 22.   The group, he said, tried to extort half a million pesos from the city government as protection money.

Gantuangco, however, said he is not bowing to the demands of the Al Khobar.