Bullet Planting Scam at Manila Airport Worsens

The bullet scam at Manila Airport worsens. As previously reported, if you’re planning a trip to the Philippines any time soon, beware of NAIA employees and their scams.  Some workers at the the Ninoy Aquino International Airport have been extorting money from travelers by planting bullets in their luggage.How to avoid falling prey to the Philippines 'Great Bullet Scam' - BLOC magazine -

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Is it all about Christmas?

What in the world is going on here?  Why would foreigners or Filipino workers heading for their overseas job carry a bullet in their luggage? It just defies common sense.

This bullet planting scam supposedly has been going on for years but has escalated since September, the first of the “ber” months when the Christmas season starts in the Philippines.

Yes, dear reader, I said the Christmas season starts in September. The SM and Robinson Malls begin playing Christmas music the first of September. By the time the end of December rolls around, I’m ready to shoot Frosty the Snowman and put my own bullet up Rudolph’s red nose.

We had our Christmas tree put up the first week of October.

Are these airport officials trying to raise money for their Christmas shopping. Note to the scammers: Baby Jesus probably wouldn’t approve.

Plot Against the President?

Vice President Jejomar Binay, a presidential candidate in the upcoming 2016 election, called for the immediate dismissal  of all airport personnel involved in this extortion scandal.

Filipino lawmakers on Monday dismissed accusations from B.S. Aquino supporters that the spate of bullet-related arrests at the airport was the work of the political opposition and aimed at embarrassing the administration and hurting the chances of the ruling Liberal Party’s candidate for President, Manuel Roxas II.

Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate remarked that instead of addressing the issue, the President and his supporters are trying to mislead the public of the Aquino administration’s failed anti-corruption drive.

“It is better for the Aquino administration to bite the bullet [pun intended?] and fire its incompetent airport officials like MIAA Manager Jose Honrado,” Zarate said.

1-BAP party-list Rep. Silvestre Bello III said the reactions from Aquino supporters showed they were in “panic mode of the highest degree.”

Bello was referring to the accusation by Aquino supporter and co-f0under of the Black and White Movement Leah Navarro that the political opposition was behind the planting of bullets at the airport to discredit Roxas.

Leah Navarro described the scam which has victimized tourists and overseas Filipino workers as a “project” to shame the Aquino administration.

“Whoever is behind this ‘tanim-bala’ project: remember, you don’t just shame the admin, you shame all Filipinos, including yourselves,” Navarro said in her Facebook account.leah navarro

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Another administration supporter and actress Cynthia Patag said the growing scandal over an extortion syndicate at the airport was nothing but a “cheap trick” aimed at bringing down the ratings of President Benigno Aquino III and Roxas.

“Can’t you tell? Dagdag-bala is a demolition job by THE MALEVOLENT MINIONS ordered by their demonyo leaders to discredit the Aquino administration, ultimately the LP’s presidential candidate Mar Roxas. C’mon,” Patag wrote in her Facebook account.

Parañaque Rep. Gus Tambunting said the Aquino supporters were making the bullet-planting controversy a political issue when it is not.

“It is an issue of competence and effective governance,” said Tambunting of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance.

Tambunting also blasted the government for pointing fingers whenever there are issues that it cannot handle competently.

Earlier, several lawmakers led by Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles and Abakada party-list Rep. Jonathan de la Cruz demanded the resignation of Honrado to allow a more competent manager to run the country’s airports.

Nograles reminded Honrado that the country’s international airports, particularly the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, is the nation’s window to the world but with the reports about an extortion racket there, the country is now the subject of worldwide ridicule.

“Travelers using our airports are now too terrorized that they even wrap their luggage with masking tape just to stop Naia people from planting bullets into their bags. This is really embarrassing. In no airport in the world can you find this kind of paranoia [among travelers]. Only in the Philippines,” Nograles said.

De la Cruz urged Honrado and all other officials involved in the operations and security of Naia and other international airports around the country to submit their courtesy resignation, especially given the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leader’s Summit in Manila.

(Source: The Standard)

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