President Benigno Aquino 3rd believes that the “tanim-bala” controversy was
“sensationalized” and may be used by some groups to sabotage his administration.
In an interview with Philippine media in Malaysia on Sunday, Aquino said the alleged victims of the scam are so few.
“Sa 10 taong papasok, ilan kaya diyan ang madadale? Kada sampu, dalawa, tatlo? Hindi naman yata ganun ang nangyari. Medyo na-sensationalize at medyo may mga nakinabang na mag-sensationalize niyan (Of 10 travelers, how many are victimized? Three, two? I think it was not like that. It looks as if the issue was sensationalized)” Aquino told reporters.
He said whoever may have hatched the controversy can make it appear that the government is unable to provide answers and gain from the controversy.
He noted that out of 34 million airline passengers every year, only about 1,200 have been apprehended for carrying bullets.
Moreover, he said that only three passengers complained that airport officials asked them for money to avoid detention and charges.
“Pwede ba nating sabihin na ang taas ng probability na magkakaroon ako ng ganyang isyu kung ganoon ang numero mo (Can we say that there is a high probability for such a controversy if the figures are like that? Three out of 34 million?” Aquino said.
He called on the public to wait for the results of investigations before hastily concluding that the alleged scam is rampant.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has asked for more time to complete its probe.