Ateneo bomb scare leads to cancellation of Lady Eagles' team practice
Mark Escarlote on Mar 28, 2016 01:23 PM
This morning supposed to be may ensayo sila ulit pero may bomb threat kaya natigil. They were asked to leave the campus nga kanina -- Ateneo team manager Tony Boy Liao
A bomb threat Monday inside the Ateneo de Manila campus disrupted the scheduled team practice of the two-time defending UAAP women’s volleyball champion Lady Eagles.
Team manager Tony Boy Liao told ABS-CBN Sports that the Lady Eagles, who are already assured of a spot in the Final Four of Season 78, were supposed to have their training this morning when campus security called a bomb disposal team to sweep the campus after they received a bomb threat at around 8:30 a.m.
“Actually nag-practice sila yesterday. Tumakbo sa oval and weights training,” said Liao in a phone interview. “This morning supposed to be may ensayo sila ulit pero may bomb threat kaya natigil. They were asked to leave the campus nga kanina.”
According to Ateneo’s Facebook post: “A bomb threat was received by the University at around 8:30 am today. The Security office immediately requested the Explosive Ordnance Disposal and QC station 9 bomb squads to send units to sweep the grounds and buildings. At the moment a thorough inspection is being conducted.”
Adding that, “all buildings have been evacuated. Classes in all levels are cancelled starting 10am. Parents are asked to pick up their children at the designated emergency pick up points.”
Liao said that they are yet to decide if they will continue with their afternoon session if the campus will be cleared by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.
“Di ko lang alam kung matutuloy ang practice mamaya,” said Liao, adding that the players are safe. “Most of the players kasi they stay in the dorm pero dahil sa bomb threat pinalabas muna.”
Head coach Tai Bundit is set to arrive this afternoon after going back home to Thailand last Thursday.
“Maybe pagdating dito mamaya ni coach Tai (Bundit) ko malalaman kung may practice pa ng hapon,” he added.
The Lady Eagles, who hold a 9-2 win-loss record tied with De La Salle, are preparing for their match on Saturday against Adamson where at least a playoff for a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals is at stake.
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