DoJ chief slammed for bullet-planting alibi


Vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. blasted acting Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas for saying that the latest tanim-bala (bullet-planting) incident is part of a smear plot against the government.

“By conveniently dismissing this latest incident of tanim-bala as a smear campaign against the government, the Justice ssecretary has, wittingly or unwittingly, bound the hands of the prosecutors who would investigate the case,” he said.

Marcos added that Caparas has practically prejudged the case with his statement.

Salvacion Cortabista and her husband, Esteban, 78, were barred from boarding their California-bound flight on April 19 after Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) screeners allegedly found a live bullet inside the couple’s hand-held luggage.

The Cortabistas denied owning the bullet.

Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Persida Rueda Acosta said they have a witness to support the claim of the couple.

“The reports on the details of the incident are enough to cast doubt on the allegations against the Cortabista couple,” Marcos said.

“This incident not only brought humiliation to this couple but also prevented them from seeking medical treatment abroad. They deserve justice and the least the Justice Secretary can do for them is to observe impartiality,” the Ilocano lawmaker added.

Manila International Airport (MIAA) General Manager Jose Angel Honrado remained unaffected despite calls for his resignation.


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  1. hay naku, lumang kaso nayan hindi parin na reresolba ng mga NNIA management pati na ang PNP at NBI ha wala na tayo talagang maasahan sa lahat ng sangay ng gobyerno… o ayun pati ABU SAYAF ewan ko bakit hindi masukol ang mga yun eh ang mga militar daw natin first class na ng training ha ano na ngayon sayang ang mga pagsasanay bulok parin..ayun ang pinaka matindi yung 44SAF na napatay sabi din nila ang mga SAF extensive ang mga training nila baka expensive ha naku. Ang mga PMA ano ang mga iyong mga combat training and tactiks ano nah ha saan ang inyong mga academic excellence wah puro pag aaral oh ang higher education nating puro academeic walang practicum naman walang practicak training puro sa libro at salita at sulat lang, hahahhaaa ganyan ang pinoy fil up dito fil up doon copy dito copya doon ha totoo lang halos ng pinoy ala na paki alam kasi yung ang uso dahil lahat parepare ho na ang pananaw makasarili walana ng bailikatan at paki alam pero pag nasa ibang bansa ayun matinu sumasang ayon sa batas.

  2. Juan T. Delacruz on

    This is the reality of this incident–Acting DOJ Sec. Caparas still very confused, not knowing exactly what is his job descriptions, and he’s still having difficulties in in determining between his mouth and his ass. As a top lawyer of DOJ, he shouldn’t made that kind of statement publicly, that made him looked like the biggest asshole in the Aquino Administration. Regardless of the situation, Caparas should made a statement to the public that he will look into the case, because DOJ is a Government Agency that should work FOR the people.

    Caparas failed to understand that his agency has a legal obligation to work for the citizen, or yung mga BOSS ni PNoy. Government is the people, di ba? OF THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE, and BY THE PEOPLE. To Caparas– you should resign right away because you do not have any business occupying that present position and you should apologized publicly on what just came out of your ASS.

  3. Come November 1, all deadly weapons are confiscated but the owners are not jailed.
    Only a bullet in the airport versus knives? Please consider this comparison. Lalo na ang tari ng manok na nako-confiscate sa ro-ro, confiscate only not jailing.

  4. Catalino Garcia on

    Forget Honorado. He is useless. He is just there to get his salary and his kotong. Caparas is nothing but a stooge of Aquino. He is also useless.