Mga pasahero sa NAIA, kanya-kanyang pag-iingat laban sa “tanim bala” scam

admin   •   November 2, 2015   •   4044

Nagiging pangkaraniwang tanawin na ngayon sa NAIA ang mga bagahe na nababalutan ng plastic. Ito'y sa pagsisiguro na hindi sila mabiktima ng umano'y tanim-bala scam. (UNTV News)

Nagiging pangkaraniwang tanawin na ngayon sa NAIA ang mga bagahe na nababalutan ng plastic. Ito’y sa pagsisiguro na hindi sila mabiktima ng umano’y tanim-bala scam. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Hindi lamang doble, kundi tripleng pag-iingat na ang ginagawa ng mga pasahero sa Ninoy Aquino International Airport o NAIA laban sa modus operandi na “Tanim Bala” o bullet-planting sa mga bagahe.

Sa mga nakalipas na Linggo, maraming pasahero, karamihan ay Overseas Filipino Workers, ang nahulihan ng bala sa paliparan na umano’y sinadyang inilagay sa mga bagahe ng mga pasahero upang ma-extort.

Sa takot na mabiktima rin ng scam, ang mag-asawang Loren at Mike na patungong Canada ay binalutan ng plastic o cling wrap ang kanilang mga bagahe.

Ani Loren, “Unang una po, nakakahiya, kasi maraming mga foreigner, like yung asawa ko po… mga kaibigan namin, mga kamag-anak niya, natatakot.”

Ang iba naman maliban sa kandado ay nilagyan pa ng duct tape ang zipper ng kanilang mga bag.

Mayroon ding naglabas ng saloobin sa pamamagitan ng paglalagay ng note sa kanilang mga bagahe, katulad ng “Wala kaming dalang bala, mas mahigpit sa Singapore. Boom Panot.”

Samantala, nagpulong ang Department of Transportation and Communications at iba pang ahensya na may kinalaman sa imbestigasyon ng tanim bala scam nitong umaga ng Lunes.

Layon ng pulong na ma-consolidate ang lahat ng mga impormasyon hinggil sa scam.

Ayon kay Manila International Airport Authority Spokesperson David de Castro, limang kaso na ng naturang scam ang hawak ng grupo.

Kabilang rito ang kaso ng 65-anyos na si Nimfa Fontamillas na papunta sanang Singapore, subalit nakitaan ng bala ng baril sa kanyang handbag sa NAIA Terminal 1 kahapon.

Sinabi ni De Castro na kabuuang 40 airport personnel na ang iniimbestigahan ng DOTC at MIAA sa ngayon sa iba’t ibang kaso, kasama na ang tanim bala scam.

Aniya, ang mga ito ay tinanggalan na ng access pass at inilagay sa stop list order ng paliparan bilang protocol.

Dagdag ni De Castro, gumagawa na ng mga hakbang ang MIAA upang masolusyonan ang problemang ito, kagaya ng pagdagdag ng CCTV cameras sa strategic areas ng paliparan, pagsasaayos ng seguridad dito at paglalagay ng help desk para sa mga pasahero.

David De Castro, “Nangyayari daw siya sa initial screening. Aside from that, we are also looking into… saan kaya ito pwede mag-start, aside from the initial screening? There are sources claiming that as soon as they step before the entrance, eh meron na. We are looking into possible scenarios.”

Matapos ang imbestigasyon ay isusumite ng DOTC ang findings kay Pangulong Benigno Aquino III.

Muli namang nagpaalala ang miaa sa publiko na bawal magdala ng bala sa pagsakay sa eroplano. Kung biktima naman ng tanim bala scam, agad ipagbigay-alam sa ahensya upang maparusahan ang nasa likod nito. (BIANCA DAVA / UNTV News)

LTO refutes COA report of license plate backlogs from 2014 to 2020

Maris Federez   •   August 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Audit (COA) reported in its 2020 Annual Audit Report that more than eight million motorcycle plates dating back from 2014 to 2020 remained undistributed.

The report also said that from 2015 to 2020, 2.6 million motor vehicles still need replacements of their license plates.

The Land Transportation Office (LTO), however, said the agency has already taken measures to address the issue and has, in fact, reduced the backlog.

“I think nung ginawa yon, medyo audit ng much earlier dates yon eh. Kaya mayroon nang pagbabago doon. Kaya siguro yung 8 million na yon, na-reduce na. Para i-explain din namin kung ano na yung nai-comply namin out of that,” LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvantez said.

“But again, we honor the report of COA and we’ll attend to the issues that have been pointed out in that report,” he added.

Asec. Galvantez said one of the problems they encounter is the funding to be used for the production of replacement license plates based on the new measurement implemented in 2018.

The LTO has also released a statement on Friday afternoon to further clarify the issue.

It said that the contract in question was signed in 2014 between the then Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and PPI-JKG Philippines, Inc. (PPI-JKG) for the delivery of 5.2 million pairs of Motor Vehicle (MV) plates and 9.9 million pieces of motorcycle plates, to supply the LTO license plate requirements up to 2017.

The LTO said that out of the deliverables, over 4 million pairs of MV plates and more than 7.2 million pieces of MC plates were undelivered.

In 2015, LTO’s payment to the PPI-JKG was disallowed by COA which resulted in the suspension of the payment to the supplier which, in turn, led to the stoppage of the production and delivery of the license plates from the LTO.

The agency added that due to the disallowance, the Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order on the distribution of the produced plates following scrutiny by several lawmakers.

The statement further said that the Duterte administration was confronted with the production and distribution backlog of millions of license plates when it took over in 2016.

DOTr granted the request of the LTO to acquire funds for a new contract for the production of license plates while waiting for the resolution on the COA disallowance of the previous contract.

It was in 2018 when the Notice of Disallowance was lifted. In the same year, the agency started the rehabilitation of the LTO Plate Making Plant that expedited the production of license plates that used to be outsourced.

It was also in the same year that the DOTr-LTO started the release of motor vehicle plates registered in July 2016.

Currently, the statement said, the LTO, continues to prevent a recurrence of backlogs in the issuance of MV license plates and MC plates.

In its latest data, LTO recorded a total of 3,940,705 pairs of motor vehicle plates produced as of 10 August 2021.

For motorcycle plates, LTO’s latest record shows that as of 10 August 2021, a total of 6,019,150 pieces were produced by the agency from 2014. Of this number, 3,649,114 were produced from 2018 featuring the new design of MC plates.

The LTO further said that the reported backlog in the production of plates is due in large part to the lack of budget of the LTO.

From the budget it requested for 2020 amounting to PhP1,869,274,000, only PhP696,747,000 was granted.

And for the budget that the agency requested for 2021 of PhP3,574,755,000, only PhP925,412,000 was allocated.

The LTO stressed that out of this allocation, only PhP 736,747,000 was actually released to the agency which, it said, would only be sufficient to supply the license plates for the calendar year 2021, and not the backlog.

To date, the LTO has requested a budget allocation of PhP2,616,364,198.17 for the calendar year 2022 so that the agency can meet the demand to produce 16 million license plates by June 30, 2022.

The agency assured that the current LTO administration is doing everything it can to address all the MC and MV plate backlogs. —/mbmf (with details from UNTV Correspondent Asher Cadapan, Jr.)

Live leopard gecko seized at NAIA

Marje Pelayo   •   July 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized a live leopard gecko at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) packed in a parcel from Thailand.

The package arrived at Paircargo warehouse without the required import permit from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

This prompted the conduct of 100 percent physical examination on the parcel which resulted in the discovery of a live leopard gecko approximately valued at P20,000.

According to DENR, gecko is a species regulated under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) and protected under Republic Act (RA) No. 9147 otherwise known as the Philippine Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

Its collection from the wild, as well as trade, requires an import permit from the Biodiversity Management Bureau under the DENR.

Violation of RA 9147 is reportedly punishable by imprisonment up to four (4) years and a fine up to P300,000.00.

The seized leopard gecko shall be subjected to seizure and forfeiture proceedings for violation of Section 1113 in relation to Section 117 of the RA 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) and Section 11 of RA 9147.

The custody of the seized wildlife species was immediately turned over to DENR.

PH Supreme Court orders flags in courthouses at half-mast to honor Aquino

Robie de Guzman   •   June 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday ordered courthouses across the country to lower all flags at half-staff to honor the late former President Benigno Aquino III.

“The Supreme Court of the Philippines orders all flags in courthouses nationwide be flown at half-mast beginning today in view of the passing of former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III,” the SC Public Information Office said.

Three of the 14 incumbent SC justices – Estela Perlas Bernabe, Marvic Leonen, and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa – were appointed by Aquino when he served as the country’s president from 2010 to 2016.

Aquino passed away Thursday morning at the age of 61.

His family said Aquino died “peacefully in his sleep” at 6:30 a.m. from renal disease secondary to diabetes.

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