Philippines: US-bound Filipino latest victim in alleged bullet planting scheme at NAIA.

A 77-year-old Filipino-American bound for Los Angeles was the latest victim in an alleged “laglag-bala (bullet planting)” scheme targeting passengers at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Santiago Peñaflorida was stopped after Department of Transportation and Communications-Office for Transportation Security personnel saw a bullet inside his backpack on the x-ray scanner, Inquirer reported. Peñaflorida, who had come to NAIA for a connecting flight from Iloilo Airport, said no bullet was detected in Iloilo. He refused to have his bag opened and examined until after media arrived, after which a .32-caliber bullet was found. He was then brought to the PNP Aviation Security Group for questioning and missed his flight. A list of similar cases has been publicized throughout the last several weeks where Filipinos and foreigners alike have fallen victim to what is locally known as the “laglag-bala (dropping bullets)” or “tanim-bala (planting-bullets)” scam. This alleged scheme involves planting bullets in travelers’ baggage and threatening lawsuits unless they give money. Airport personnel are allegedly behind the scam, Rappler reported. - See more at:,856eed52-b423-5457-dfbd-06fd882da09e

Source: Asian Journal.

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