ANOTHER three persons were held for questioning for carrying bullets during the past five days at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), including a niece of former senator Francisco Tatad, the Aviation Security Group (Avsegroup) of the Philippine National Police said. Reports released by the Avsegroup said the three–Araceli Fortunata, 74; Joseph Ocaciones, 35; and Rosanna Tatad, 31– were all departing passengers of Philippine Airlines. Screeners from the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) found a .22 cal. bullet in Tatad’s shoulder bag. A PAL Flight PR213 passenger bound for Sydney, Australia, she denied owning the bullet. Two .45 cal. Bullets were confiscated from Fortunata, who was about to board Flight PR102 to Los Angeles, California. She also denied bringing the bullets to the airport. Ocaciones was traveling with his five-year-old daughter bound for San Francisco, California, when he was prevented by OTS personnel after a .9mm bullet was found in his possession. The three were later released after an inquest at the Pasay City prosecutors’ office and allowed to board their flights on the same day.
BENJIE L. VERGARA