By Martin Sadongdong
A flight attendant was arrested by police in Quezon City on Friday morning after allegedly being partitioned as a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group terrorist and sending bomb threats to various airlines through email.
Janette Tulagan, who works for an international airline, was brought in by elements of the Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) of PNP in her home in Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City. She also claimed that she was a former TV personality.
Chief Insp. Jun Cinco, spokesperson for PNP-ACG, said the arrest resulted from an anonymous e-mail sent to various airlines via [email protected], where the sender presented himself as a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group.
Cinco said the sender claimed that all flights from Manila to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, were installed with bombs on July 13.
Because of the threat, airline representatives who had been coordinated with the authorities to verify the incident until they had learned it were a deceptive message.
However, the research did not stop there.
The PNP-ACG managed to trace the IP address of the sender of e-mail and to find it on a mobile phone used by Tulagan.
The e-mail was also positively discovered in the Tulagan telephone, Cinco said.
Tulagan denied on her part that she was the person responsible for sending the bomb reports.
She said she has no reason to do it because she works in the aviation industry herself.
Researchers still have to determine what prompted Tulagan to send the bomb threats.
Tulagan was taken to the PNP-ACG headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City, while allegations of violation of Presidential Decree 1727 or Anti-Bomb Joke Law and Anti-Cybercrime Prevention Act 2012 were being prepared against her.