A Philippines Airlines plane. Photo: iStock


Ang isang 42-taong-gulang na lalaking Pilipino ay pinagmumulta ng HK$2,000 (US$254) sa West Kowloon Magistrates ‘Court noong Lunes pagkatapos mag-plea na guilty sa kasalanan na ginawa tungkol sa isang joke ng pagkakaroon ng bomba sa kanyang bag na dinala sa Manila-bound flight noong Disyembre ng nakaraang taon.

Si Mates F Sumague, na nagtrabaho bilang seafarer sa Hong Kong, ay nahatulan dahil sa “pagasasabi ng maling impormasyon tungkol sa pagkakaroon ng  bomba” at sinabi na siya ay lubhang nagsisi sa kanyang pagkakasala, iniulat ng sunwebhk.com.

Narinig ng korte na sinabihan siya ng flight attendant sa Flight Airlines 311 ng Philippine Airlines upang ilagay ang kanyang bag sa overhead luggage storage habang ang sasakyang panghimpapawid ay nasa tarmac pa rin.

Pagkatapos ay sinabi niya sa isang babaeng pasahero na may granada sa kanyang bagahe. Sineseryoso ito ng kapwa pasahero at agad na sinabi sa cabin crew, na kalaunan ay tinawag din ang aviation security.

Si Sumague ay naaresto at ang paglipad ay naantala para sa isang oras na paghahanap ng mga opisyal sa nasabing granada, ngunit wala silang nakita.

Sinabi ng defense lawyer ni Sumague na nagbibiro lamang siya, ngunit sinabi ng pag-uusig na ang kaso ay isang seryosong pagkakasala na karaniwan ay humahantong sa minimum na sintensyang anim na buwan at  maximum na dalawang taon sa bilangguan at isang multa.

Sinabi ni Magistrate Ada Yim na isinasaalang-alang niya ang pag-amin ng nasasakdal at ang kanyang malinaw na rekord, kaya nagpasya siyang magpataw ng multa na $ 2,000 na kinuha mula sa pera ni Sumague. Siya ay na-hold sa pag-iingat nang walang piyansa dahil sa kanyang pag-aresto.

Original: Filipino convicted and fined for bomb joke on airplane

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