THE Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) on Thursday scored a victory after the Antique Regional Trial Court (RTC) granted the motion to quash the case against Boracay honeymooners who were victims of tanim bala in the airport.
RTC Judge Arbis on June 20, ruled that no probable cause was found against Jerome Sulit and ordered the dismissal of the case.
Sulit and his wife, on April 26, spent their honeymoon in Boracay. On April 28 at Caticlan Airport in Aklan, Sulit’s sling bag was detected with metals that turned out to be 14 pieces of bullets for caliber 22 pistol.
Meanwhile, the Department of Justice (DOJ) dismissed the charges against several airport officers for allegedly victimizing American Lane Michael White through tanim bala scheme.
The DOJ found no evidence against Maria Elena Cena and Marvin Garcia of the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) for for robbery/extortion charges; violations of Republic Act (RA) No. 7438 (An Act Defining Certain Rights of Person Arrested, Detained or Under Custodial Investigation and Duties of the Arresting, Detaining and Investigating Officers) and RA No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act). As well as against Senior Police Officer 2 Rolando Clarin, Chief Insp. Adriano Junio, SPO4 Ramon Bernardo, and SPO2 Romy Navarro of the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group (PNP-AVSEGROUP) for various charges.
White is an American missionary who complained that he was a victim of tanim bala modus upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4 (NAIA 4) on September 17, 2015. His camp alleged that respondent airport officers tried to extort P30,000 for the non-filing of charges.