Benjamin Lim Vergara
OUT of fear for his life, the bullied screening officer of the Office for Transportation Security screening officer will no pursue his complaints against Party-list Representative Aniceto Bertiz 3rd before the Pasay City Prosecutors Office.
This even after the video footage of the incident shows that there is a strong chance that Congressman Bertiz could be prosecuted and possibly convicted with the “crime of resistance and disobedience to a person of authority.”
OTS head executive assistant Napoleon Cuaton said that Hamilton Abdul, 27, came to the OTS office with his father on Tuesday saying he will no longer pursue the filing of complaint against Bertiz.
“It’s up to them, mahirap pilitin kasi siya ang involve (we cannot force him to file a complaint), but I told them the OTS is here whenever you need our help and we will support any of our employees who are doing their jobs in accordance with the law in securing the airport from passengers who might bring terror,” Cuaton stressed.
He added, “we will not abandon our staff especially in this situation.” Cuaton said Bertiz has violated Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code.
Abdul is newly married and has a twin to his wife but upon the advice of his father, he decided not to pursue the case.
Bertiz was caught on video bullying an airport screener shoving his airport access pass at Abdul and snatching the man’s identification card after the OTS screener asked him to remove his shoes as part of security measures being implemented at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on September 9.
Later, Bertiz apologized for his behavior attributing his outburst to a “period” he gets once a year. His remarks drew flak from women’s group. The ethics committee of the House of Representatives are now discussing if they will sanction the party-list representative.
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