How far could your bomb jokes go? Wanna have the guts to take the test and see if you’ll have audience guffawing with you? Come and find out how to learn it, the hard way.
This could now be the thoughts that a commercial plane passenger must be contemplating now after he was arrested by the Ninoy Aquino International Airport 3 aviation police on the morning of July 12, 6:20 am, to be exact.
According to witnesses, the passenger identified as Bernabe Cuello, Jr., was already inside Philippine Airlines Express 2P 967 when he was heard saying and we quote “Wala ng tao sa baba. Baka may maglagay ng bomba sa gulong!” (There are no more people below. Someone might put bomb in the tires!). Immediately the 56-year-old barangay chair from Sta. Cruz, Laguna was off-loaded upon the order of pilot, Captain Richard Sorolla. This resulted to an expensive three hour delay for the commercial plane’s flight to Butuan City. Around 10 am, flight 2P 967 was able to leave the airport after making sure that there were no bomb or explosive found after a thorough investigation.
Cuello was charged for violating Presidential Decree 1727, also known as the “Anti-bomb Joke Law,” said NAIA 3 manager Octavio Lina. Cuello could spend five years in jail; a Php 40,000 fines; or both. Such a high price to pay for a failed humor.
This is a lesson learned for everyone and is always being kept as a reminder that bomb jokes inside the airport are taken seriously by authorities. Bomb jokes are not limited to airports. Do remember to keep your witty behavior inside a building, mall, or any other public or private places to avoid the consequences if you were heard uttering the same words that Cuello did.
It’s okay to have fun whenever you are in a comic mood but also keep in mind that even being funny chooses its right place and moment. Nobody laughs when you deliver bomb jokes! Believe us, you wont end up laughing when your punchline explodes right in front of your very sorry face.
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