The Department of Transportation (DOTR) reminds the public that making bomb jokes on any mode of transportation in the country is illegal and punishable by law.
According to the DOTR, anyone who willfully makes any threat or maliciously conveys false information about the presence of bombs, explosives, or other destructive devices on any vehicle, building, or place will face imprisonment and fines under Presidential Decree 1727 or the Anti-Bomb Joke Law.
The law covers all types of transportation, such as buses, trains, airplanes, and ferries, as well as terminals, stations, airports, and ports.
According to the law, the offender shall be arrested by means of an Arrest, Search, and Seizure Order (ASSO) and shall not be entitled to bail pending trial by the military tribunals or courts.
The penalty for violating the law is imprisonment of not more than five years, or a fine of not more than P40,000, or both.
The agency stressed the importance of public safety and its commitment to protecting passengers from any harm or threat.
The DOTR also advised the public to be vigilant and alert when traveling and to follow the safety protocols and guidelines issued by the government amid the COVID-19 pandemic.