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

admin   •   November 2, 2015   •   4170

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)

P6.5 million worth of Ecstasy pills seized in Pasay City

Robie de Guzman   •   October 14, 2021

 MANILA, Philippines – A shipment of ecstasy tablets from Germany was seized at the Central Mail Exchange in Pasay City, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.

In a statement, the BOC said the illegal drugs confiscated on Wednesday was estimated to have a market value of P6,570,500.00.

The operation was conducted by the bureau’s operatives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), in cooperation with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and the NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group.

Initial examination of the parcel revealed two improvised pouches, which contained a total of 3,865 hexagon tablets and skull tablets later confirmed as ecstasy tablets.

“The seized illegal drugs are now under the custody of PDEA for case profiling and build up against persons responsible,” the BOC said.

Individuals behind the shipment may face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act 2002 (Republic Act No. 9165) in relation to Section 119 (Restricted Importation) and Section 1401 (Unlawful Importation) of Republic Act No. 10863 otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), it added.

 

NAIA ops resume after lowering of lightning red alert to yellow

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have resumed after PAGASA lowered the lightning red alert status to yellow.

According to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), flight and ground activities at the NAIA reopened after the state weather bureau determined that thunderstorms no longer pose a threat to its operations.

PAGASA has categorized Maring into a severe tropical storm. According to its 2 p.m. bulletin, the weather disturbance continues to accelerate closer to the Babuyan Islands.

Based on current forecast STS Maring will exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Tuesday morning (October 12). Outside the PAR, Maring will continue moving westward over the West Philippine Sea until it makes landfall in the vicinity of Hainan Island in China on Wednesday morning or afternoon (October 13). AAC

Immigration bureau reshuffles 341 NAIA personnel to curb corruption

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has reshuffled 341 personnel of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

These personnel will be reporting to their new terminal assignments as part of the agency’s continuing campaign to curb corruption.

Aside from BI officers manning NAIA’s immigration counters, the agency will also rotate the terminal assignments of 77 immigration supervisors assigned at the airport.

BI acting port operations chief Carlos Capulong said Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente has approved the  implementation of the rotation scheme at the premiere port on October 3.

“This will be the last rotation of our NAIA personnel this year as the next reshuffle will be implemented during the first quarter of 2022,” Capulong said.

Morente previously announced that the Bureau is fast tracking the recruitment of nearly 200 new BI officers who will be deployed to NAIA and other major ports early next year.

This is in response to the need of the agency to field more immigration inspectors after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said it was considering to raise the daily cap on passenger arrival, and reopen other airports to international travel. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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