OTS chief resigns following airport security theft controversy


Posted at Sep 26 2023 08:18 PM | Updated as of Sep 26 2023 10:24 PM

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MANILA (UPDATE) -- The chief of the Office for Transportation Security on Tuesday filed his courtesy resignation following the issue involving an airport security who allegedly tried to swallow $300 stolen from a passenger.

In a letter addressed to President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., USec. Ma.O Aplasca said he rendered his resignation following the pronouncement by House Speaker Martin Romualdez that he will block the approval of the budget of the OTS and the Department of Transportation if he does not leave his post.

"I am not in any way ready to sacrifice my organization but I consider this as a noble undertaking for a greater interest," he said.

Aplasca reiterated that he did nothing wrong and that he continued to "wage an honest campaign against corruption" while serving as OTS chief.

"It is just unfortunate that as we weed out the scalawags in our ranks, it will always draw media attention and tarnish the reputation of our country," he added.

Aplasca said he was surprised when Romualdez called for his resignation.

"Personally nagulat din ako sa call ng ating Speaker for my resignation dahil sa aking palagay wala naman akong nagawang mali. Ang gusto ko lang ay matanggal natin 'yung mga corrupt na tauhan ng Office for Transportation Security," he told Teleradyo Serbisyo Tuesday night.

"Pero ako ay nagtataka dahil sa halip na 'yung atensyon natin ay nandoon sa pagtatanggal ng corrupt officials, napunta naman sa akin 'yung focus," he added.

Aplasca said Marcos has yet to respond to his letter.

"It is up to the President now whether he accepts o ano," he said.

Earlier on Tuesday, OTS Deputy Administrator Asec. Jose Briones Jr. said Aplasca took a "voluntary leave" following the controversy.

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