Bomb threat forces evacuation at Borja Family Hospital in Tagbilaran

A portion of the Gallares Street in Tagbilaran City was temporariliy closed as police operatives conduct a clearing operation at the Borja Family Hospital amid a bomb threat.|Photo: Leo Udtohan

The Borja Family Hospital was temporarily closed while patients and hospital personnel were immediately evacuated following a reported bomb threat at the health facility on Tuesday afternoon.

Evacuation of everyone inside the hospital including cleft-lipped patients of an ongoing surgical mission inside the facility was enforced at past 3 p.m.

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According to Bohol Provincial Police director Sr. Supt. Felipe Natividad, the hospital received a call from an unidentified man who was speaking in Filipino warning personnel of a bomb inside the structure.

Hospital officials then called the police who immediately deployed operatives as response to the bomb threat.

Patients were first evacuated before clearing operations were conducted while a segment of the Gallares Street near the hospital was closed, said Natividad.

However, no explosive devices were found inside the hospital after operatives with bomb-sniffing dogs scoured the facility in two separate clearing operations.

Patients at the Borja Family Hospital were evacuated after hospital personnel received a bomb threat through a telephone call at past 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

The operation was led by an Explosive Ordnance Division from Cebu which was deployed in Bohol for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting in Panglao.

At around 5 p.m., patients were reportedly allowed to reenter the hospital.

A surgical mission, organized by the Philippine Gift Of Life Inc., was being conducted for patients with cleft lip and palate when the evacuation was ordered. (Allen Doydora)



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