Pres. Aquino wants
deeper probe in bullet-planting allegations at airport
MANILA, Nov. 3 -- President Benigno S. Aquino III has instructed the
Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to investigate the
bullet-planting incidents at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
During a meeting in Malacañang on Monday, the President told DOTC Secretary
Joseph Emilio Abaya “to cast a wide net on the data on the allegations",
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.
"The President has been briefed and has given further instructions in order
to refine the efforts under way. The DOTC, as the lead agency, will be
updating the public," Secretary Lacierda said during a media briefing at the
He said President Aquino was deeply concerned with the "laglag bala"
allegations, the reason why he called a meeting with Secretary Abaya.
"May allegations of planting of bullets. You know the President's attitude
towards a problem... ang approach ng ating Pangulo tungkol sa ano mang
problema would be -- the correct identification of the problem leads to the
correct identification of the solution. So, we are casting a wide net on the
data, on the process and areas for improvements," said Lacierda.
"The fact that the President called for a meeting shows his concern for what
is happening there and he wants to make sure, he wants to verify and
validate all the assumptions that have been put out in media. We are just
being thorough and we want a thorough look at the whole situation so that
proper solutions can be given and these are long-term solutions that can be
put in place. These are assumptions that we need to validate. That is why we
need to look at all the assumptions that were put out. We want to make sure
that what measures that we are going to come up with are measures that in
the long run would ensure the safety of each and every passenger and
guarantee their security as they use the terminals," he added.
Lacierda emphasized the importance of probing the allegations as he cited
the case of a Japanese tourist who was reported to have been a victim of "laglag
"I can give you one instance of allegation of planting... The situation of
the Japanese tourist na nailathalang nahulihan 'yung Japanese tourist of
allegations of planting bullet na inimbestiga, inamin na po 'yan na galing
nga siya ng shooting range, nadala niya 'yung bala mismo. So, there were no
allegations of planting bullets. So, we have to look at all the assumptions
na nilalabas ng media," said Lacierda. (PCOO/PND)