The traveling public was assured by the government on Thursday that no passenger will be arrested, detained or charged in court even if ammunition is found in his or her luggage by airport security personnel.
Police Aviation Security Group director Senior Supt. Mao Aplasca said passengers will be allowed to travel provided that no firearm is confiscated together with the ammunition.
“Tanim bala (bullet-planting) modus operandi is a thing of the past and we assure the public that they need not worry that they will miss their flight or get arrested at our airport for possession of an ammunition,” Aplasca said.
He said the new directive was relayed to the Philippine National Police by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.
Tugade, in a radio interview on Thursday, vowed to end the bullet-planting modus operandi.
The former Clark Special Economic Zone president also announced that the country’s airport terminals will have free and fast wi-fi internet connections for passengers within the new administration’s first 100 days.
The Transportation department previously announced that it would provide free wi-fi connections in the Metro Rail Transit line.
Aplasca clarified that airline passengers caught in possession of ammunition will undergo immediate profiling, and if established that they are not connected with any terrorist or criminal group or do not have any criminal intention in possession of the ammunition, they will be immediately released and allowed to board their flights.
Aplasca said the Avsegroup has the capability to determine if a passenger is a member of a terrorist or criminal syndicate through profiling or background investigation.
He added that a joint security team composed of the Manila International Airport Authority, Department of Tourism and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines will conduct regular security planning for a more coordinated security scheme at the airport.