Clearing 'tanim bala' suspects a monstrous blunder: lawyer

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 24 2016 12:41 PM

American missionary Lane Michael White. Photo courtesy of Bing Jabadan

MANILA – The lawyer of an American missionary who was victimized by the tanim bala modus at the Ninoy Aquino Airport (NAIA) believes the Justice Department's resolution dismissing the criminal complaint filed against several airport officers is a "monstrous blunder."

"Hindi pa po namin natanggap [the DOJ resolution] pero isang monstrous blunder ang resolution ng DOJ dismissing yung reklamo ni Lane White dahil matibay ang pieces of evidence na ginamit sa kanila para pagpasyahan," said Atty. Ernesto Arellano, counsel for American Lane Michael White.

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Arellano said the evidence against the respondents is strong, citing the video taken by White's stepmother, Eloisa Zoletta.

"Kitang-kita yung kamay na inilagay yung bala, inilaglag yung bala at pinulot yung bala at ipinakita after 7 rounds na dumaan doon sa monitoring," said Arellano.

"Yung bag ni Lane White ay dumaan na sa iba pang international airport, wala yun. At dumaan na rin mismo dito sa screening machine natin dito sa Pilipinas at wala."

Video ng inspection sa NAIA, inilabas ng foreigner

White claimed to have been victimized by the modus upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4 (NAIA 4) on September 17, 2015. His camp alleged that respondent airport officers tried to extort P30,000 for the non-filing of charges.

"Inconsistent yung pagdadala ng bala sa layunin nilang religious," said Arellano. The White family was supposed to head to Palawan to look for a place to build a church.

"Ako, meron akong personal na takot. Baka ito yung isa sa midnight resolution sa DOJ," Arellano said.

The family's legal counsel said they will immediate file a motion for reconsideration upon receipt of the DOJ's resolution on the case. Report from DZMM