Former TV personality arrested over bomb threat to airlines

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 24 2018 05:21 PM | Updated as of Aug 24 2018 06:24 PM

MANILA- The Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested on Friday a former television personality and flight stewardess for allegedly sending a bomb threat via email to airline companies. 

Janette Alano Tulagan was served an arrest warrant by operatives of the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) in her residence at Barangay Holy Spirit in Quezon City.

According to ACG spokesperson, Chief Insp. Artemio Cinco Jr., an airline company filed the complaint after receiving a bomb threat from an email sender last July.

The sender with email address of abubakarsahid@yahoo.com said a bomb would detonate on board on July 13. 

"All flights Manila to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will have a bomb on board on July 13," the email stated.

Cinco said the airline company added extra security in their operations in response to the threat. 

ACG said they were able to trace the IP address of the email sender to the cellphone of Tulagan. The mobile number used to send the email was registered in her name, Cinco added.

Authorities confiscated the cellphone used by Tulagan to email the airline companies, which will be used as evidence. 

Cinco said they are still investigating the motive behind the bomb threat. 

Tulagan denied the allegations and said she could never do such a thing, being a travel agency owner and former flight stewardess.

Tulagan will be charged with violation of Presidential Decree No. 1727 or the Anti-Bomb Joke Law.