The ‘tanim-bala’ needs no further explanation because this term is so popular these days that if at the end of the year, Merriam-Webster decides to include the term in their next publication, the surprise factor is no longer there.
We all know that the ‘tanim-bala’ modus is confined within the walls of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminals and that explains why many Filipinos remain indifferent since they are not affected directly.
But not for long. Yesterday November 7, 2015, a 21-year-old security guard bound for Dipolog City was allegedly caught in possession of a lone bullet that led the passenger to jail.
The security guard, Daryl Ingcong was supposed to board a boat with his family but end up in jail instead when he was allegedly caught in possession of a ‘new’.32 caliber bullet.
A few facts were revealed by the uncle of the alleged ‘tanim-bala’ victim during a phone interview with ABS-CBN that would raise a couple of eyebrows.
First, the ‘tanim-bala’ victim denied owning the “newly” minted bullet found allegedly in his luggage. He says that if the bullet was accidentally brought from his work as a security guard, he is certain it isn’t new since he inspected it before ending his shift.
Second, the uncle overheard the police said that the bail bond necessary to earn temporary freedom totaled 120 thousand pesos – 80 thousand pesos for the bullet and 40 thousand pesos for the prisoner. I never heard policemen can now decide the amount of the bail bond. But in the updated video, the uncle of the victim also heard the same amount during the inquest proceeding.
Meanwhile, the case is now being referred to PAO Chief Persida Acosta to help the alleged ‘tanim-bala’ victim so that the victim is well represented.
It can be recalled the PAO Chief was responsible for the release of a couple of ‘tanim-bala’ victims allegedly in the NAIA airport.
You may start listening to the interview now.
Here’s the update:
Where do you expect ‘tanim-bala’ will surface in the next few days? In our bus terminals?