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.