MANILA, July 8, 2016— A Catholic bishop urged the authorities to be relentless in getting to the bottom of the so called “tanim bala” scheme at the at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Bishop Ruperto Santos, head of the bishops’ Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People, said the government must prosecute those behind the scam and ensure that the problem will not happen again.
“The authorities should go to the bottom of the bullet scam so that those responsible will be held accountable and recurrence of such criminal acts not be repeated,” Santos said.
The prelate was reacting to a new policy in luggage screening to rid the bullet planting scheme and end these extortion attempts against overseas Filipino workers and other passengers at the airport.
Santos has welcomed the move which seeks to look at the background of people caught carrying bullets before they are prosecuted.
PNP-Aviation Security Group Director General Sr. Supt. Mao Aplasca said those caught with bullets will be released immediately if found out that they are not part of criminal or terrorist groups.
“At the same time there should be consistent and fair policies that should address their concerns so that they do not become prey to corrupt practices of those authority but more so promote their welfare and security,” said Santos.
According to the bishop also said that some OFWs keep bullets in their belongings as “amulets”.
“Single bullets pose no serious danger to travel. If found, bullets should be confiscated like other items that are not allowed,” he said. (Ysabel Nicole Hilado/CBCPNews)