News Release

Palace: Gov’t probing “tanim bala” incident


DAVAO CITY — Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Saturday, June 16, assured that an investigation on the recent “tanim-bala” incident is being conducted, reiterating anew President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s promise that the said modus-operandi would not be tolerated under this administration.

This was after passenger Kristine Bumanglag-Moran was caught with a bullet in her luggage last Friday afternoon (June 15) at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.

“Isa ito sa mga pangunahing concern ng ating Pangulo at pinangako niya noon na ‘pag meron pang insidenteng mangyari tulad nito ay ipapakain niya ‘yung bala,” Go told reporters in an interview following the Eid’l Fitr celebration at the SMX Convention Center.

The Palace official said that the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), and Office for Transportation Security (OTS) are conducting their investigation.

The said agencies are expected to submit a report regarding the incident within 24 hours.

President Duterte’s top aide also urged other tanim bala victims to be vigilant and file a complaint to the authorities as the government is open to receive complaints and take immediate action.

“Ang importante dito, walang naha-hassle, walang naagrabyado, at walang kinikikilan na tulad noon,” he said.

Meanwhile, Go took a swipe at Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for being a ‘coward,’ citing the Senator’s challenge to “sign the bank waivers.”

“Kahit mga kasama mo sa Cavaliers, o mga kasama mo sa serbisyo, sinusuka ka na. ‘Pag natalo mo ako, pwede ka nang maghamon at kung meron kang makitang billyon sa akin, sa’yo na,” he said

“Nang pabirong sinabi ng Pangulo na bilyonaryo ako, merong ari-arian ang pamilya namin kung sakaling ibenta ito. ‘Yun ang ibig pong sabihin ng Pangulo,” Go explained.

“‘Di ko na kailangang magnakaw ng pera ng gobyerno at pera ng tao tulad ni Mr. Trillanes at tinatago agad sa ibang bansa,” he added.

Go also said that Trillanes does not need to include the President in the issue.

“Tanggapin muna ni Trillanes ang hamon ko sa kanya kesa dada siya ng dada. Ang hamon ko sa’yo, one-on-one. Sa Tagalog, mano-mano. Walang kasamang amo. At baka lalo ka lang maduwag,” Go said.

Go also called Trillanes “disrespectful” for addressing President Duterte as “Mr. Duterte.”

“Wala kang respeto kahit na gusto ng Pangulo ay “Mayor Duterte” lang naman ang gusto niyang i-address sa kanya,” he said. ### PND