PRESIDENT DUTERTE ORDERS END TO "TANIM-BALA"
As indicated by Abs-Cbn News, the bullet-planting scheme in Philippine airports may now be a thing of the past after President Rodrigo Duterte prohibited authorities from arresting travelers for bullets in their luggage.
According to Senior Administrator Mao Aplasca, new Director of the police Aviation Security Group (Avsegroup), said Thursday that travelers would not be kept or charged in court if an ammunition is reallocated from them, according to Duterte's order.
"Passengers in possession of ammunition will instead undergo immediate profiling to clear them of links to any terrorist or criminal group, and of criminal intention in carrying the bullet. They would be allowed to immediately board their flight provided that no firearm is confiscated together with the ammunition", Aplasca added.
"Laglag-bala modus operandi is a thing of the past and we assure the public that they no longer worry that they will miss their flight or get arrested at our airport for possession of an ammunition," he said.
The "tanim bala" or "laglag bala" scam allegedly includes airport personnel who plant bullets in unsuspecting passengers' luggage.. Once the travelers are secured, scammers reportedly ask for money in exchange for their release and record-free passports.
During the presidential campaign, Duterte said in the event that he were the country's president, he will have the culprits of the trick swallow projectiles. He even asked President Benigno Aquino III to actually address the matter as this has brought on shame for the country.
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), and the transportation department will form a joint team that will conduct regular security planning for airports. Avsegroup is the main unit that maintains security in more than 80 airports across the country.