I am sure many enraged Filipinos are asking what business Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya has in heading the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) when, after a persistent and shameful occurrence of ‘laglag bala’ or bullet-planting at NAIA, he would just cheapen the flagrancy of the crime committed by the airport’s perverts as having been ‘blown out of proportion?’
Abaya maybe a good person, but he is just too much of a politician to be running a big and complex government agency where the likes of Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is needed – if you know what I mean.
How about Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) Manager Jose Angel Honrado? Has he gone sloppy after coming out of the military establishment?
It was really ludicrous of Abaya to cite figures of an ammunition interception report and say that the quota has not been reached yet because, normally, an average of 1,500 cases of ammunition-related incidents in airports have been recorded annually since 2012, and 2015 showed a figure of only 1,394.
Do Abaya and Honrado have to wait until the crime committed by these perverts in the airport reached this outrageous number before throwing down the gauntlet?
We all know that extortion is the motive of these perverts planting bullets in hapless passenger’s luggage and if these statistics cited by Abaya are true, one could just imagine the mind boggling amount of money being ripped off by these perverts all these years!
Well, you might argue that the interception does not all apply to planted bullets, but even then, a crime has been committed and what have been the measures taken to prevent the passengers from falling into the trap set by these vultures in the airport?
It would have been better if the cases of ammunition-related incidents were further broken down specifically as to where and how it was caught and what was done with it.
If it is true from reports that Abaya got a scolding from President Aquino for his negligence and/or oversight in dealing with this airport scam and initiating a probe only now, then he deserves it. In fact Abaya should have been sacked, but politics has saved him. Aquino cannot just dismiss Abaya who happens to be the acting president of the ruling Liberal Party.
That is what the people get from government agencies that are big and complex when the executive department insists on putting politicians who lack the capability and competence to manage it with an iron hand for fear of losing their popularity and good-will among those they are working with.
Now one can honestly say that Abaya and some of his officials under the realm of DOTC are ‘ingredients’ that are spoiling Aquino’s ‘tuwid na daan’ (straight path) recipe of good governance.