With #TanimBala showing no signs of letting up, the public outrage grows more intense...
...which means more social media outcry (read: harsher memes) in the coming days.
Malacañang has already ordered concerned government officials to probe into the predicament, but we can't help but feel that action isn't being carried out with much priority.
Perhaps the authorities would like to hear these propositions from various local sectors, and who knows, these actually might just work.
ROILO GOLEZ: CONFISCATE PARAPHERNALIA
Former national security adviser and Parañaque City Rep. Roilo Golez, for one, offered this simple solution:
Just like when we were still in elementary, only with your tito's FHMs, right?
LAWMAKERS: CUT OFF THE SNAKE'S HEAD
Other solons, meanwhile, are pushing for the dismissal of Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Jose Angel Honrado due to the latter's indifference despite the increasing number of tanim-bala incidents.
Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, who is also the chair of the House committee on labor, was quoted, "At the first instance that this laglag-bala scam was exposed by the media, we expected concrete and immediate action, but unfortunately, Honrado was content making excuses for the shenanigans inside the airports he manages. Honrado must be removed if we really want to reform the image of our airports."
Well, perhaps a new man in-charge could work on the mess with more immediacy.
DUTERTE: BULLET DIET
As usual, the no-nonsense mayor of Davao City was his usual no-nonsense self when asked about the matter.
“I don't have the ambition to become the president, but if I am the president, I will let you swallow those bullets even if it means death," Rodrigo Duterte said in Cebuano last Sunday (November 1) in his weekly television program Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa.
In his latest interview, The Punisher seconded Nograles' call for the expulsion of certain individuals, saying, "The President should order the relief of all officials and employees connected to CAAP [Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines] (and the) aviation command, including sa mga porter services (at) mga driver."
"But who would replace them," you may ask.
Duterte believes that "the army can do it"; if not, he is also open to lending the Davao City police to watch over the airports.
Why don't you just run already?! #DuterteSerye
CBCP: LIFESTYLE CHECK
Church officials are thinking of an alternative measure, one that will track if the alleged culprits behind tanim-bala are benefitting from the supposed extortion.
"They should look into their (airport security personnel) work records and lifestyle," Bishop Ruperto Santos of the Diocese of Balanga was quoted in an article in the CBCP (Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines) website.
He also said legislators might want to revisit the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act "to make it clearer and more effective in warding off the real security threats to our country and not be used by criminal-minded people to prey on the innocent."
Not the insta-fix we were thinking of, but it would surely serve future investigations well.
Atty. Joseph Plazo of Plazo Associates Law shared these preventive tips, and how-tos to avoid falling prey to this dastardly act:
All that's left now is to hope that the government sorts this out ASAP...