Authorities probe congressman's viral airport incident as solon says sorry


Posted at Sep 30 2018 08:32 PM | Updated as of Oct 01 2018 02:35 PM

MANILA - Airport authorities on Sunday said they are probing the incident where ACTS OFW Partylist congressman Aniceto "John" Bertiz III was caught on video "harassing" an airport security officer at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Bertiz, who was seen in a viral video snatching off an airport personnel's identification card, meanwhile issued a statement apologizing for the way he acted at the airport. 

"I offer no excuse. I am sincerely sorry for my actions," Bertiz said. 

The video, which was posted on Facebook, has been shared over 12,000 times. 

Jun Aguilar, Bertiz's chief of staff, said the lawmaker confronted the security officer after noticing that he let some "Chinese-looking passengers," who were escorted by airport staff, breeze through the checkpoint. 

"The congressman questioned the security checker why those who went before him just casually walked through and were not properly searched," Aguilar explained. 

Bertiz earlier told ABS-CBN News that the video that has already racked up some 240,000 views on Facebook was spliced and did not show the foreigners who bypassed the protocol. 

The lawmaker stressed that he went through the checks despite having a security ID issued by Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal. 

In a statement Sunday, MIAA, the Department of Transportation, and the Office for Transportation Security said they have begun consolidating the actual footage, promising a "thorough investigation" of the incident. 

"Authorities are now studying if any law or protocol has been violated, and assures all individuals concerned that any decision shall strictly be in accordance to existing rules, regulations, and procedures being implemented in our airports," the statement added.

Bertiz had previously drawn flak for another viral video where he cracked a joke during an oath-taking of engineers that recently passed the board exams. 

Bertiz told them that they would not get their Professional Regulatory Commission licenses if they were not familiar with Presidential aide Bong Go.