Miriam Wants Longer Jail Time For "Tanim Bala" Culprits
Ringo | On 14, Nov 2015
Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago wants harsher punishment for the culprits of “Tanim Bala”.
Santiago is set to file a bill seeking to amend the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act that will seek harsher punishment against people who will punish evidences focusing on private individuals.
Currently public officials who will plant evidences will be facing reclusion perpetua or imprisonment for 20 years and one day to 40 years. Private individuals, on the other hand, will be facing prison mayor or imprisonment for six years and one day to 12 years.
Santiago wanted to change the current punishment for private individuals to 12 years and one day up to 20 years.
“The government must send a clear message to these airport syndicates that it will not tolerate these criminal activities and will prosecute those who plant evidence with as much zeal as it pursues those who smuggle firearms and ammunition,” said Santiago.
“The law must punish those who, in the guise of upholding peace and order, abuse the law to prey on the innocent, whether these offenders are public officers or private citizens,,” Santiago added.
On Thursday, the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on Public Services started the investigation for the “Tanim-Bala” scheme. Several victims such as OFW Gloria Ortinez and Lane Michael White were asked to narrate their ordeal.
Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta was also summoned to give her statement. Her statement agreed with Santiago’s bill saying mostly of the airport screeners are contractual employees, therefor, not considered as public officials.
The public hit the airport officials are the case of Ortinez was captured by the media.