Pinay caregiver gives ‘tanim-bala’ affidavit to Consulate

LOS ANGELES – The caregiver whose Facebook post helped shed light on the alleged bullet scam in Philippine airports made a trip to the Philippine Consulate to aid in the investigation of the scheme.

The Consul General and Vice Consul General met with Rhed de Guzman to accept her affidavit which gives her personal account of how Office for Transportation Security (OTS) personnel allegedly planted bullets in her luggage as she was leaving the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to return to Los Angeles.

The affidavit will be given to Philippine officials as well as the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

The alleged tanim-bala scheme involves airport security workers planting bullets in an effort to extort money from passengers. The scheme has sparked public outcry from many Filipinos with some going as far as wrapping their luggage in plastic as they travel.

Aside from the NBI, the Senate is also launching a probe into the allegations.

The Philippine Department of Labor and Employment said it will also come to the aid of Filipinos who may fall victim to the alleged scam.

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