Laglag-bala issue sensationalized to be used vs. admin –PNoy
President Benigno Aquino III believes that the controversy on the supposed “laglag bala” extortion racket in airports had been “sensationalized” and used by certain groups to put his administration in bad light.
In a coffee meeting with reporters at the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Malaysia, Aquino said the statistics presented to him do not necessarily add up to the possibility that an extortion racket exists inside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
“Hindi naman yata ganun ang nangyari. Medyo na-sensationalize at medyo may mga nakinabang na mag-sensationalize niyan. Okay, pero dulo nito, hindi tayo pwedeng dumaan sa haka-haka. Kailangan naman natin hanapan ng pruweba one way or the other, patunayan, ano ba ang tama?” said Aquino.
Aquino said all allegations should be backed with proof as he expressed sympathy toward innocent airport employees who have been affected by the controversy.
“Kapag napatunayan kung ano ‘yung tama, hindi ba kung may guilty parusahan, kung may inosente matanggal naman sa kanya ‘yung stigma na may ginawa siyang kasalanan,” he said.
Aquino said the controversy requires a thorough investigation.
“At ‘yung nagisip na gawing isyu ito, alam rin niya yon. ‘Ang gandang isyu ito, mapapahaba natin ng ganito katagal, hindi masasagot ng matino kaagad. At kapag ganun na hindi nasagot ng ano, papalabasin naman natin ‘hindi nila kaya sagutin’,” he said.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has asked for an extension to complete its probe.
The Senate has already conducted a hearing on the alleged extortion racket, which supposedly targets travelers and OFWs. —Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez/KBK, GMA News