Alarming: 900 plus passengers victimized by ‘palit-bala’ modus in the NAIA in ’15

‘Tanim-bala’ modus is just one of the many modus operandi that awaits passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. But here’s something that was not mentioned in the news until PAO Chief Persida Acosta revealed to TV Patrol, the ‘palit-bala’ modus.

Do note that the ‘palit bala’ modus is mentioned at the 1 minute and the 19 second junction of the video.

According to PAO Chief Acosta, three months ago, she assisted a journalist from the print media who was allegedly victimized by the ‘tanim-bala’ modus. The victim was offered an option: pay a certain amount of money and you will walk away as if nothing happened. Otherwise, the victim spends a few days in jail if the former fails to post a bail bond.

This is the point where the ‘tanim-bala’ morphs into ‘palit-bala’ modus as soon as the victim agrees to pay, the ‘planted bullet’ will be replaced with an ‘anting-anting’ or an ‘amulet’ which, in Philippine law, is not prohibited.

The ‘palit-bala’ modus explains why only 50 cases reached the Fiscal’s Office for the filing of the cases in violation of RA 10591 or the COMPREHENSIVE LAW ON FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION. To think, according to numbers provided by Sec. Jun Abaya of DOTC, there are more than 1,000 cases of passengers allegedly caught in possession of ‘bullets’ in our airport terminals this year. The discrepancy demands an explanation says PAO Chief Persida Acosta.

The PAO Chief suspects, 900 alleged cases of passengers caught in possession of the ‘tanim-bala’ were resolved under the palit-bala’ scheme or under the table negotiations.

In parting, PAO Chief Acosta offered an unsolicited advice to the President to mobilize members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to manned the NAIA Terminals just like when the President utilized members of the Highway Patrol Group to untangle the traffic woes in EDSA.

She said, the Army is well-versed with bullets, with guns so that will scare the fixers away from preying on hapless passengers and overseas Filipino workers in the NAIA.

For more details, you may watch the video now.

What do you think about this ‘palit-bala’ modus? Does this explain the discrepancy of the filed cases versus the total number to date of the number of cases relative to illegal possession of bullets?

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