An Italian national was arrested at Manila Airport for making a joke about being a terrorist. The 58-year old man said while checking in for his flight to Hong Kong that he was carrying no less than three nuclear bombs and that he was a follower of Al Qaeda.
Hmmm... three nuclear bombs?! Well, I heard about these mini-devices in small briefcases, but in this case I think it was quite clear that this guy was just out of his mind, maybe had a drink too many. Anyway, joke or no joke, something like this is pretty serious nowadays and I think the Philippine authorities acted the right way.
But the next bit is what really gets me. The article says that the guy was arrested and could face up to seven years imprisonment. Fair enough, and that sounds impressive, doesn't it? But he can bail himself out of jail until he has to appear in court for a mere US$ 210! Where on earth did they get that ridiculously low amount from?
[Edited 2007-05-11 15:36:38]