Woman in Cebu mall gets arrested for a bomb joke

Woman in Cebu mall gets arrested for a bomb joke

- A 37-year old woman made an ignorant bomb joke at a mall in Cebu City which led to her detainment

- Jasmin Sala had the guts to ask a security officer to not open her bag because she was carrying a bomb

- Sala will be detained until Tuesday where she will be charged in accordance with the Presidential Decree 1727

Amidst the tight security measures in the whole country, a woman in Cebu City made a bomb joke right in front of authorities at a local mall last September 8, 2016.

The 37-year old Jasmin Sala thought it would be funny to warn the security officers inspecting her bag that she was carrying a bomb.

“I was just joking,” said the Mandaue City native as she cried while covering her face from the media.

Woman in Cebu mall gets arrested for a bomb joke

Sala pleaded for her case in front of police officers. (Photo credit: ABS-CBN)

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Sala continuously wailed as she consistently mentioned her ignorance and regret.

Her defense was obliviousness to the Presidential Decree 1727 which punishes a person who poses ‘any threat concerning bombs, explosives, or any similar device.’ Included also was a clause on ‘the malicious dissemination of false information.’

When they checked her belongings, they only found make-up products and a mobile phone but the damage has already been done.

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If proven guilty, Sala will be fined a maximum of P40,000 or detainment up to 5 years.

Unfortunately for her, an exclusive jurisdiction was given to PD 1727, decreed by President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., meaning she can’t be entitled to bail pending trial by the military courts.

Her excuse didn’t also sit well in front of the Investigation and Detection Management Branch (IDMB) where she pleaded her case after she was brought to the Cebu City Police Office.

Woman in Cebu mall gets arrested for a bomb joke

She hid her face from the media while being brought to the police office. (Photo credit: sunstar.com)

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Sala only wanted to process her visa application to Japan together with her female companion. But on 11:35 a.m., the commander of the mall’s security, Gerly Salimbangon, received the information regarding her remarks.

Since Monday is a holiday, Sala will be detained until Tuesday and even though the management of the mall will not file a charge against her, the IMDB will do it according to Chief Supt. Ryan Devaras.

After the September 2 bombing incident at Davao City which killed at least 14 people, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has issued a full alert status nationwide.

Woman in Cebu mall gets arrested for a bomb joke

The explosion also injured around 70 people. (Photo credit: ABS-CBN)

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The police have already identified the suspect who left the explosive device in Davao. They refused to disclose his identity since there’s still an ongoing national manhunt to seize him.

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