Woman arrested for bomb joke at LRT 1 station

MANILA, Philippines – A woman has been sent to jail after cracking a bomb joke at the Light Rail Transit-1 (LRT-1) on Wednesday, June 5.

According to the Pasay City police, Maribeth Florentino, 23, was arrested at around 8:15 am at the LRT Baclaran station.

Police said Florentino was having her bag checked when she dropped the joke, prompting the guard on duty, Erlinda Unabia of the Kaizen Security Agency, to arrest her.

She was apprehended for allegedly violating Presidential Decree No. 1727 which bans "malicious dissemination or false information" concerning bombs. 

If found guilty, Florentino faces imprisonment of up to 5 years and fines of up to P40,000. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.