LIGAO CITY, Albay, Nov. 6 (PNA) -- Liberal Party (LP) presidential standard bearer Mar Roxas on Thursday called on authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of the “laglag-bala” (bullet planting) racket that victimizes travelers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Earlier, Roxas said the government should not be blamed over the airport laglag-bala incidents.
In an ambush interview here, he said the probe should be done immediately to determine whether indeed a syndicate ring is behind the reported cases.
“Dapat sa madaling panahon ay mainbestigahan at mahuli ito,” Roxas said, adding that aside from the suspected syndicate that operates the racket, the move would also establish if there are government officials involved.
If there are people in government involved in this, they should be removed from service and face criminal charges, he said.
He lamented the troubles experienced by the oversees Filipino workers (OFWs) who have been victims of the bullet-planting racket at the NAIA.
Roxas said the government should work out for a mechanism that would assist and warn the public, especially the OFWs, about this scam.
He, however, failed to elaborate on the proposed scheme.
Citing records, Roxas said over 1,000 incidents of bullet planting happened during the past 10 months of this year.
The statistics, he said, means that this always happens.
“We have to know that of the thousand cases, how many were real and how many of these were victims of the racket,” the LP presidential bet said.
When asked to comment on the public outcry criticizing Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya for downplaying the issues, he said, “the DOTC is doing what it can, including other agencies handling the airport operation.”
When asked about his stand on the election survey ratings, he said his rating result is improving, adding “maganda ang pinapakita ng survey. Masaya ako sa pinapakitang tiwaka ng ating mga kababayan; but still we have to work hard so people would know who are sincere, thrustworthy and karapat-dapat,”
Roxas was warmly welcomed in this city as he held on Thursday a Daang Matuwid consultation meeting with a jam-packed crowd of close to 3,000 participants wearing yellow shirts with the LP ensign at the city plaza ground.
The consultation meeting was sponsored by Albay Rep. Fernando Gonzalez (LP, 3rd Dist.), City Mayor Patty Gonzalez-Alsua and the seven town mayors and their respective Sanggguniang members.
At the consultation meeting, Roxas cited the gains of the Daang Matuwid program which he promised to continue, defend, promote and widen its horizon.
He said the Daan Matuwid will continue to adhere to two basic principles and these are: “Kayo ang Boss” and “Kung Walang Corrupt, Walang Mahirap.”
Roxas believes that the two principles would move the nation from being “the Sick Man of Asia” to “Asia’s Bright Spot.”
He also highlighted the 4Ps program where he cited that 6,387 poor families benefited in Ligao City, 78,617 families in Albay and 4.5 million in the entire country.
The Daang Matuwid will also give more attention to education wherein, he said, “ang edukasyon ang tulay sa magandang buhay.” (PNA) LAP/FGS/MSA/CBD/RSM