MANILA, Nov. 5, 2015 – The growing incidence of bullet-planting at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) seems to be unfolding as a conspiracy against the Aquino government, a member of a Philippine National Police advisory council, who happens to be a nun, said yesterday.
The repeated planting of bullets appears to be a plot to demolish government credibility, said Sr. Gloria V. Felix, FSP, Southern Police District advisory council member.
“We could not conclude that it’s a conspiracy, but it seems that it is leading to it,” said Felix.
To the Pauline sister, it seems unlikely passengers will want to carry one bullet.
“What the passenger will do with a single bullet?” she commented. “It’s looks like a diversionary tactic.”
Felix, who blasted the Aquino’s administration for a number of failures, said it is also possible a syndicate is behind the said bullet-planting.
The objective is extortion, she said.
Lane Michael, a 20-year-old American missionary claimed NAIA security personnel planted a bullet in his luggage and tried to extort Php 30, 000 from him.
Aquino should have acted promptly and effectively before more passengers fall victim, stressed Felix.
Jose Mario De Vega, a professor at Universidad de Manila, expressed disappointment over the incidence of bullet-planting despite passengers’ prior awareness and cautious measures.
It is causing the country international embarrassment, he said.
Inquirer.net reported on Nov. 2 that “based on the records from the DOTC-OTC, there were 88 ammunition intercepted from travelers from January to October this year at NAIA.”
Forty-eight of them were live bullets.
Twenty-one empty shells, four dead ammunition, and 15 bullets as amulets and luck charm were also confiscated, the report said. (Oliver Samson / CBCP News)