THE Office for Transportation Security denounced ACTS-OFW party-list Rep. Aniceto “John” Bertiz III for his blatant disregard of security protocols that may compromise security as it once again reminds the public to comply with security measures implemented at airports and other transport facilities.
This after a social media video went viral after it was uploaded last Saturday showing a brief confrontation at the Final Security Screening Checkpoint between OTS Security Screening Officer (SSO) Hamilton F. Abdul and Bertiz.
Bertiz, who was bound for Cebu, was subjected to intense security as the Ninoy Aquino International Airport which was then under Security Condition Level 2. The incident led to a confrontation between the visibly irked lawmaker and the security officer. The former allegedly grabbed the ID of the latter after showing his airport security ID.
Bertiz then walked away. He later apologized for the incident.
“We have to understand that the rules and regulations set in our airports cannot be swayed to accommodate the call of situation and much more to tailor itself to the caprices of certain people,” said OTS Administrator Usec. Arturo Evangelista.
He added “We know how complex and frustrating airport security can be at times, but security screening is ultimately the basic and paramount rule to which all airport passengers and users must conform to before they will be allowed access to the aircraft.”
Usec. Evangelista further explained that the lawmaker could be penalized under Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code, for resistance and disobedience to person in authority.
He also stressed the conditions set under Section 9 of Republic Act 6235, provides that: “Every ticket issued to a passenger by the airline or air carrier concerned shall contain among others the following condition printed thereon: ‘Holder hereof and his hand-carried luggage(s) are subject to search for, and seizure of, prohibited materials or substances. Holder refusing to be searched shall not be allowed to board the aircraft,’ which shall constitute a part of the contract between the passenger and the air carrier.”
The security and safety of passengers is the primary concern of the OTS, Evangelista stressed.