NPC suspends work after receiving bomb threat online

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 12) — The National Privacy Commission (NPC) suspended work on Friday afternoon after receiving a bomb threat through its Facebook page.

The agency said the threat came via a comment posted at around 11:45 a.m., prompting the evacuation of all of its employees from its office in Pasay City.

“I want to assure the public that we are taking this bomb threat very seriously, and we have implemented all necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of our premises and personnel,” Privacy Commissioner John Henry Naga said in a statement.

The NPC added it has already coordinated with authorities to ascertain the credibility of the threat and to track down the person who posted the comment.

“We do not have any information yet regarding the individual's intention or whether the threat is related to any case that NPC handles,” it said.

As of 5 p.m., the Pasay City police cleared the building after finding no explosive device or substance, the NPC said in an update.