FOR carrying an unlicensed firearm at at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 4, a 23- year-old passenger bound for Davao was arrested at the final security checkpoint by the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group (PNP-AVSEGROUP).
Office of Transportation Security (OTS) spokesperson Kim Marquez said that the passenger, identified as Mamayla Tatang, was nabbed after OTS Screening Officer (SSO) Gerlyn Siwa saw the image of a firearm from Tatang’s luggage after it underwent x-ray screening.
Marquez said that SSO Siwa was conducting x-ray scanning on passengers of AirAsia flight Z2 611 that was Davao-bound, when she saw an image resembling a firearm. Owing to this, she sought the asisstance of the OTS checkpoint supervisor and baggage inspector as well as the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group (PNP AVSEGROUP), to witness the baggage inspection as a matter of procedure.
Marquez said that passenger Tatang violated RA 10591 or illegal possession of firearm, after he failed to present the necessary license and permit.
He was then arrested by the PNP Aviation Security Group and placed in its custody for further questioning, while the pistol found on him was submitted for ballistic examination.