Duterte admin to abolish OTS over tanim bala at NAIA

The Duterte administration will abolish the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) for failing to address the tanim bala problem at NAIA.

The OTS, a line agency of the transportation department created by two Executive Orders—EO 277 and EO 311—in 2004, had the responsibility for transportation security operations including, but not limited to, security screening of passengers, baggage and cargoes, and hiring, retention, training and testing of security screening personnel.

Amid several bullet-planting incidents from last year until June this year, the OTS reportedly promised to investigate the alleged involvement of its personnel in the extortion activities, but produced no result.

During an appearance on the cable show of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy hours after voting in the May 9, 2016 national and local elections closed, the President warned airport personnel to stop the tanim-bala scheme at NAIA or else all of them are going to be relieved.

On June 12, Independence Day, another laglag bala incident happened, the victims of which were friends of Boboy Consunji, Chief Executive Officer of Philippine-based marketing communications company Campaigns & Grey, who were bound for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Today, July 21, Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal confirmed to media that effective immediately, all OTS security screeners at all NAIA terminal will be under the MIAA. Those assigned in provincial airports will be under the direct supervision of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), which manages and operates more than 80 airports nationwide.

Monreal told ABS-CBN News that the transition of command and responsibility will be formalized through an executive order by President Rodrigo Duterte. He and CAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio said the transition will take full effect in January 2017 when both offices get their budget allocations.

Both MIAA and CAAP are line agencies under the Department of Transportation headed by Secretary Arthur Tugade.