On Tuesday, November 8, about 300 government offices, private companies, and even international agencies received a bomb threat sent via email.
The threat turned out to be a hoax, but it had already disrupted work at the concerned offices.
"The email was sent by someone using the name Alexander Unger from the email address firstname.lastname@example.org," reports Vanne Elaine P. Terrazola in Manila Bulletin.
The email reportedly had this message: "Sa second floor ng office niyo sa may steel cabinet, may 4 na envelope-sized bombs na nakatago. Kahapon namin nilagay at sasabog yan ngayon (At the second floor of your office, near the steel cabinet, there are four envelope-sized bombs hidden. We placed them there yesterday and they'll explode today)."
Quezon City police revealed that government offices such as the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) all got the bomb threat via email.
It was later discovered that government offices—such as the Departments of Tourism (DOT), Budget and Management (DBM), Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Transportation (DOTr), and Energy (DOE)—in other areas also reported the same threat.
Aside from government offices, at least two hotels in Manila and the offices of international organizations such as the Association of South East Asian Nations, UNICEF, and even the United Nations received the message as well.
The report noted: "The Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group will be tapped to trace the perpetrators of the said hoax."