DOTC directed to report on alleged “bullet planting in airports” this week

DOTC directed to report on alleged “bullet planting in airports” this week

MANILA — The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) is expected to come up within the week a report on the allegations that airport personnel are involved in planting bullets in airline passengers’ luggages.

President Benigno Aquino III had a meeting with DOTC Secretary Joseph Abaya Monday morning and directed the latter to investigate the reports.

“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,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a briefing in Malacanang.

Lacierda said the Chief Executive has ordered the DOTC to identify the real problem so they can also put in the correct solution.

Recently, news came out that some individuals have been held at different airports in the country for illegal possession of ammunition.

Some sectors have raised the possibility that a syndicate is involved in this but Lacierda said these are just allegations.

He stressed that the government is “casting a wide net on the data, on the process and areas for improvements.”

“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,” he said.

He, however, declined to elaborate the specific instructions given by the President to Abaya and deferred comments on this to the DOTC Chief. Joann Santiago/PNA