An Italian vacationer was arrested after cracking a bomb joke at Boracay’s Kalibo Airport yesterday (Wednesday, June 21).
The ill-considered gag positioned Christiano de Angeles, aged 40, in violation of Presidential Decree 1727, or the anti-bomb joke legislation.
According to police, De Angeles requested a flight rebooking at an Air Asia check-in counter and have become pissed off when advised in regards to the additional charges.
Then, when he was requested what he was carrying in his bag, he advised workers he had a bomb.
De Angeles was detained on the airport police station. The KIA is among the many busiest airports within the nation catering largely to vacationers certain for the island-resort of Boracay Island.
Local police spokesman Lope Manlapaz stated: “We should be severe about this. That’s why I encourage everybody to keep away from this sort of joke, particularly as we’ve had this ‘bomb joke law’ because the 1970s.
“The police authority will enforce the law strictly in the interest of public safety.”
Mr Manlapaz additionally reminded travellers to at all times report any suspicious or unattended baggage and to keep away from spreading unverified warnings from unknown sources. “Do not believe the text messages, but report information to police for proper verification and to avoid spreading unverified information, especially on social media,” he added.
Wednesday’s arrest was not the primary of its variety seen within the Philippines. In August 2015 we reported how 50-year-old Filipina Daisy David Medallon fell foul of the presidential decree at Manila’s NAIA airport.