Palace: Gov’t taking steps vs ‘tanim bala’ extortion scheme

MANILA, Nov. 3 (PNA) — Malacanang assured Tuesday that the government is taking concrete steps in addressing the alleged ‘bullet-planting’ scam against passengers at Manila airport.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) will inform the public probably this week of the measures that will be undertaken.

“(The) DOTC will show the entire picture. We hope the DOTC will be able to convince our countrymen, our OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) that measures are being undertaken and it’s not true that we are not doing anything about it,” he stressed in a Palace press briefing.

Lacierda said the DOTC is addressing alleged ‘bullet-planting’ incidents based on the data submitted by the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and the Office for Transportation Security (OTS).

Migrante International is calling a “no remittance day” to protest the ‘tanim-bala’ scam that victimizes the OFWs.

“We would like to show our OFW brothers and sisters that government is resolved to fixing these allegations of ‘tanim-bala’,” the Palace official further said.

The scam at the NAIA allegedly involves some airport security personnel putting live ammunition in passengers’ luggage in order to extort money from them. (PNA)