Gilas forced to move practice to Meralco after bomb threat hits Ateneo campus
It's business as usual for Gilas, although its Monday-only practice has been moved to Meralco after a bomb threat forced the evacuation of the Ateneo campus. Jerome Ascano

GILAS Pilipinas has been forced to move its Monday-only practice from the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center to the Meralco gym after a bomb threat forced Ateneo to evacuate its campus.

Gilas team manager Butch Antonio said the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) made arrangements for the transfer of the weekly practice to the Meralco gym, shortly after the evacuation of the Ateneo campus started.

The national team had been practicing for the past several weeks at the modern facilities inside the Katipunan campus of Ateneo, where Gilas coach Tab Baldwin also runs practice for the Blue Eagles.

During that span, the Meralco gym had also been unavailable because it was used for the MVP Olympics, a multi-sport meet for employees of companies belonging to the Manny V. Pangilinan group.

Antonio assured that the move won't disrupt Gilas' preparations for the Olympic qualifier which Manila will host from July 5-10. Gilas didn't practice on Holy Monday.

On Monday morning, students and employees of Ateneo were evacuated after the Quezon City Police District was alerted by school officials of a bomb threat sent through a text message.

QCPD police's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, K-9 units and firemen are still inside the campus, which has been put on lockdown as law enforcers sweep the campus.

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