Comply with airport security screening, gov't officials told

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Posted at Oct 01 2018 06:12 PM

Comply with airport security screening, gov't officials told 1
ACTS-OFW party-list representative Aniceto "John" Bertiz III apologizes for his actions in a viral video during a press conference in Quezon City on October 1, 2018. Bertiz was allegedly caught on video disobeying airport security protocol by not removing his shoes and eventually harassing a personnel. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Office for Transportation Security (OTS) on Monday reminded the public to comply with security measures in airports after a video of a lawmaker snatching an ID of an official went viral on social media.

Violators could be penalized under Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code for resistance and disobedience to person on authority. 

Based on the viral video, ACTS OFW Rep. John Bertiz "definitely" violated airport security protocols after refusing to remove his shoes and confronted a security officer on duty, OTS administrator Art Evangelista said.

"We know how complex and frustrating airport security can be at times, but security screening is ultimately the basic and paramount rule to which all airport passengers and users must conform to before they will be allowed access to the aircraft," Evangelista said in a statement.

Bertiz on Monday apologized once again for his "impulsive" behavior. 

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal on Monday said he accepts the apology of Bertiz but leaves any possible penalty to the discretion of the Office for Transportation Security (OTS).

Evangelista said he is waiting for the guidance of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and President Rodrigo Duterte before deciding on the matter.