PNP, Army downplay
bomb scare in Negros
BY GILBERT BAYORAN
Military and police authorities yesterday downplayed bomb scares and rumors being spread through text messages in Negros Occidental, but are not taking chances, following the bombings in Cagayan de Oro and Cotabato City that claimed the lives of 18 people and injured more than 50 others.
Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, urged Negrenses not to entertain those text messages, and assured that there is no reason to panic.
Col. Jon Aying, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, also said there is no confirmation of reports that Abu Sayyaf terrorists, who are on a test mission, will stage bombings in Negros Occidental, especially in Bacolod City.