• Lawmaker seeks NAIA revamp

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    Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles called for a revamp of officials at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) following several alleged “laglag-bala” or bullet-planting incidents.

    Nograles, who leads the House Committee on Labor, on Thursday said there is a need for a top-to-bottom revamp as he lamented that NAIA has become a source of disgrace and national embarrassment.

    “The credibility of the Aquino government’s success in the fight against corruption is being diminished by the NAIA’s notoriety not only because of its dilapidated facilities but also because of its rogue personnel,” he said.

    He cited the story of 56-year-old Gloria Ortinez, an overseas Filipino worker (OFW), who was arrested for allegedly carrying a bullet in her bag.

    “Ortinez was clearly a victim of a laglag-bala frame-up. Even the fiscal noticed that the supposed bullet that was seized from her was different from the bullet that was submitted to them as evidence. If there is evidence switching, there is no doubt there was also evidence planting in the case of Ortinez. What’s more revolting is the fact that the chief of the Aviation Security Office even tried to justify their own ineptitude,” Nograles said.

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