Manila-bound OFW fears “tanim bala” scheme, secures baggage

NEW YORK – For the first time in his life as an OFW, Manila-bound passenger Aldwin Cau is making sure his pieces of luggage are tightly secured using clear packaging tape.

He is wary, not of thieves, but of those behind the alleged bullet planting scam at the airport in Manila.

Cau said, “Nakakatakot na pong umuwi sa Pilipinas, baka magka-kaso kayo pag-uwi tapos wala naman kayong kasalanan dahil po dun sa tanim bala, kaya ko po ginagawa na rin ‘to para safe na rin.”

Cau just finished a six-month contract at Six Flags theme park in New Jersey.

Instead of feeling excited to go home, the Overseas Filipino Worker says he is anxious about going through the Philippine airport.

“Medyo masama din po ang loob ko dahil kailangan ko pa po ‘tong gawin. Dati naman hindi ko ‘to ginagawa pero ngayon po kailangan kong gawin para sa safety ko.”

On her Facebook page, Chief Philippine Public Attorney Persida Rueda-Acosta tells the public to call the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) hotline if one falls prey to the alleged bullet planting scheme.

“Please call the PAO hotline 929-94-36 or 029299436 in case you are being charged of alleged “laglag bala,” she posted.

She says those behind this scam can be charged with “incriminatory machination” which is punishable with a life sentence.

Joji Babuschak, a frequent traveler to the Philippines, said, “Nape-perwisyo yung mga Pilipino plus nakakahiya rin sa mga dayuhan, mga tourists, na may nangyayaring ganitong bagay sa airport. Sana talaga may gawin na ang gobyerno natin tungkol dito.”

Cau said, “Doble ingat na rin po, kayo na po ang bahala mag-adjust para sa ating bansa, kasi yun nga po may mga ganyan pong nangyayari.”

Filipino passengers believe taking the extra precaution when traveling to the Philippines is now a must until this controversial bullet-planting scheme is resolved.

You may contact Don Tagala at don_tagala@abs-cbn.com for more information.

 

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