No End to Bullet Cases at NAIA; 3 Passengers Held

A niece of former senator Francisco Tatad was stopped while about to board her flight, along with an American and a 74-year-old grandmother after bullets were allegedly found in their belongings while undergoing security check at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

NAIA personnel said Rosanna Tatad, 31, was found with a bullet in her shoulder bag last Dec. 13.

Security screening officer Anna Margarita Repario said she saw an image of ammunition after Tatad’s bag passed through the X-ray scanner.

The bullet was found after Repario inspected the bag in the presence of Tatad and Senior Police Officer 1 Allan Sonio.

Tatad, of Congressional Model Subdivision, Camarin, Caloocan City, denied owning the bullet. She was subjected to inquest and charged with violation of Republic Act 10591.

American Joseph Ocasiones, 35, was found allegedly carrying a 9mm caliber bullet in his trolley bag last Tuesday. He was bound for San Francisco with his five-year-old daughter.

NAIA police said X-ray screening officer Rica Verano saw the image of the bullet in the trolley bag of Ocasiones.

Verano then called the attention of Police Officer 3 Robinson Fernandez, the duty officer.

She inspected the bag in the presence of Police Officer 2 Pura Saavedra and security screening officer Arnedo Perez and Airport Police Officer 1 Danilo Santos and found a 9mm caliber bullet.

Ocasiones was arrested and detained at the police jail at the airport.

He denied owning the bullet found in his bag. “Why would I carry ammunition when I know that it’s prohibited?” he said.

“I read and saw news from newspapers and on TV that many passengers were caught having bullets in their belongings. “I remember when I alighted from the car, I noticed a group of people that included porters blocked my path and the next thing I know, I was arrested for the bullet planted in my baggage.”

Los Angeles-bound grandmother Araceli Fortuna was allegedly found carrying two caliber .45 bullets in her luggage.

Pasay City prosecutors ordered the  immediate release of Tatad, Ocasiones and Fortuna after investigation and they were able to continue with their journey.



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