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IN NAIA: NOY ORDERS DOTC TO IMPROVE EFFORTS VS 'LAGLAG-BALA' SCAM


NOVEMBER 2 -In this April 2011 photo, President Benigno Aquino III, assisted by MIAA General Manager Jose Angel Honrado, inspects the operations and security set up at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 departure area in Pasay City. Malacañang Photo Bureau/Jay Morales
President Benigno Aquino III on Monday ordered the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to improve its efforts against the alleged "laglag-bala" extortion scheme of airport authorities. Aquino met this morning with DOTC officials in Malacañang amid increasing reports of the bullet-planting scam being perpetrated at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals. "The President has been briefed and has given further instructions in order to refine the efforts under way. The DOTC as the lead agency will be updating the public," Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a text message to reporters. Lacierda did not elaborate the instructions given by the president. Perpetrators of the alleged scheme work by extracting bullets, which they themselves supposedly planted, from the passengers' luggage. They then intimidate the victims to force them to pay up. The latest incident involved a 65-year-old grandmother departing for Singapore on Sunday morning who was accosted after a bullet was allegedly found inside her carry-on bag. CONTINUE READING...RELATED,
DOTC, MIAA chiefs face complaint over bullet scam...

ALSO MIAA chief Honrado: Resignation not the solution


NOVEMBER 5 -Amid calls for him to resign following the "laglag-bala" or bullet planting incidents at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila International Airport Authority general manager Jose Angel Honrado maintained that he will step down if his appointing officer, President Benigno Aquino III, will ask him to do so. Malacañang Photo Bureau/Jay Morales
Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Jose Angel Honrado on Thursday insisted that he will not resign from his post unless President Benigno Aquino III asks him to.
"When the appointing authority says that you're not capable anymore of doing your job and he tells you to go, then you should go not a minute longer," Honrado said in an interview with ANC's Headstart. The MIAA chief stressed that resignation is not the solution to the "laglag-bala" or bullet planting incidents in the country's airport terminals. "I don't run away from a good fight," Honrado said. He added that he will only step down from his position if he will feel that he is no longer contributing to the "Daang Matuwid" or straight path principle of the Aquino administration. Honrado said that he has no authority over all the 22 government agencies operating in airports. "They operate on their own mandates. Some are mandated by law, some are mandated by executive orders like the (Office of Transportation Security), some are mandated by other legal basis," the MIAA chief said. Honrado assured that the government is trying to address the "laglag-bala" issue "as squarely as possible." Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya earlier said that the reports on the cases of bullet planting in airport terminals "have been blown out of proportion." Meanwhile, the Department of Justice has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to look into the bullet planting incidents at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. FULL REPORT, RELATED Install HD cameras at airports contra ‘tanim-bala’ scheme — solon...

ALSO Mar Roxas on 'tanim-bala' modus: Greedy, selfish 'Syndicate' should be held liable


NOVEMBER -Presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II defended the Aquino administration over the "tanim-bala" scam at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Philstar.com/File photo
Liberal Party presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II admitted that the bullet planting scam has sown anger and fear among many Filipinos but is optimistic that those behind the scheme would be caught.
Roxas attributed the extortion scheme to a “syndicate” and reiterated that he is one with Filipinos in condemning the modus operandi. “The syndicates behind this should be held accountable. We condemn the greedy and selfish people behind this scheme that victimizes our countrymen,” Roxas said. “I am confident that those behind this scheme will be caught. However, the damage has been done. Our OFWs (overseas Filipino workers), tourists, investors and ordinary travelers have been shocked and humiliated. The victims could have been one of us,” he added. Roxas issued the statement after drawing flak for raising the possibility that the bullet planting scheme may be a plot to discredit the Aquino administration. Critics claimed Roxas’ statement was insensitive to the victims of the extortion scheme and reflected his lack of knowledge of the issue. Interestingly, Roxas’ latest statement no longer contained references to possible demolition jobs against the government and focused more on appeal to run after people behind the scam. READ MORE...

ALSO: On the other hand, Robredo Filed House bill to decriminalize ‘laglag-bala’


NOVEMBER 5 -ROXAS, ROBREDO PHILSTAR COMPOSITE FILE PHOTO
TAGBILARAN CITY, Philippines – Representative Leni Robredo of Camarines Sur, who is now the runningmate of presidential aspirant Mar Roxas of the Liberal Party, yesterday announced that she filed a House bill seeking to decriminalize laglag-bala, an alleged extortion scheme that has become a scandal at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport recently. Robredo, the widow of the late Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, said her bill has been intended to deter extortion attempts, while discouraging airport personnel, who may be the culprits, from continuing with this modus operandi. If her bill is enacted, carrying at least three bullets by an airline passenger would not be considered a criminal act, said Robredo. The most important thing for officials in the executive department, for now, is to go down to the bottom of the scandal, otherwise the people’s trust in government would be eroded, she said. Laglag-bala stories of Boholanos, who are overseas Filipino workers, are now mounting. One such victim, who asked not to be named, said he had to shell out cash or gifts for NAIA personnel to avoid delay. Robredo, when asked on her chance of winning in the vice presidential race on May 2016, admitted that she lagged behind in the surveys and that she has not been so popular compared to her opponents who were already in the national race before. But she’s making strides and working hard, she added. READ MORE... RELATED, Abaya, airport chief face raps over bullet planting at NAIA...

ALSO: And then, Team Daang Matuwid spokesman defends Mar on 'tanim-bala' statement


NOVEMBER 5 -Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid spokesman and Akbayan Rep. Ibarra Gutierrez
The administration coalition Thursday defended its presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II from critics who assailed him for saying that the bullet scam at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport may be part of a plot to discredit the government. Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid spokesman and Akbayan Rep. Ibarra Gutierrez clarified that Roxas is supportive of efforts to stop acts that hurt the image of the Philippines and cause apprehension among travelers. “He (Roxas) supports a swift and exhaustive investigation and the imposition of appropriate penalties on any person found responsible, be it a scheme of a group, some individuals or a huge conspiracy,” he said. Earlier, Roxas drew flak for raising the possibility that the airport bullet scam may be a plot to destroy the image of the government as it prepares to host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit this month. “I think in all things, the truth should prevail. Is it a plot, a vast effort to destroy the image of the government especially now that the APEC is approaching? Is it an effort to destroy the tourism program?” the Liberal Party (LP) presidential bet said in an interview in Pangasinan last Tuesday. “For me, whoever is behind this, it is important to know the whole truth. Is this a scheme of those supervising the X-ray machine or a vast conspiracy?” he added. READ MORE...

ALSO: Escudero hits proposed decriminalization of bullet possession


NOVEMBER 5 -Vice presidential aspirant Sen. Francis Escudero (photo) on Thursday thumbed down the proposed decriminalization of possession of three bullets or less in the country’s airports amid the proliferation of the so-called “tanim-bala” modus operandi. Escudero pointed out that the problem was not the number of bullets being confiscated but the people “planting” them. “Ang tanong ko, saan nanggaling yung tatlo? Bakit hindi dalawa? Bakit hindi lima?” Escudero said during an open forum when sought to comment on the proposal in Congress to decriminalize the acquisition, possession and carrying of not more than three bullets in airports to eliminate the racket.
READ: Bam Aquino to file ‘iwas tanim bala’ bill “Pangalawa, kung gagawin nating legal dito ’yun, gagawin din bang legal sa ibang bansa? Baka naman pagdating dito legal kung may isa o dalawang bala, pagdating naman sa Amerika or China ilegal naman dun. Doon pa makulong ang ating mga kababayan,” Escudero said. “Dahil sa totoo lang hindi naman bala ang problema e. ’Yung tao ang problema, yung naglalaglag at nagtatanim ng bala ang problema. Walang kinalaman yung bala roon, nananahimik lang sya.” His remark drew laughter from the crowd who gathered at Quezon City Sports Club for Makabayan bloc’s endorsement of the presidential and vice presidential bids of Senators Grace Poe and Escudero.“So kung maghahanap tayo ng solution … ’yung taong nagtatanim ang pagtutunan natin ng pansin,” Escudero added. Maila Ager/RC FULL REPORT, 2 RELATED ...

ALSO By Atty. Dodo Dulay: Callous ‘daang matuwid’ gov’t strikes again
[So what has this “daang matuwid” government done to address this thievery in our airports? None, except to say that the cases of bullet-planting are being investigated by authorities. Ang galing-galing!]


NOVEMBER 2 -GMA NETWORK VIDEO NEWS SCREENGRAB: Lane Michael White, 20  A first time tourist was detained for five days by airport police at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal for allegedly concealing a bullet in his checked-in baggage. He was traveling to Palawan with his father and stepmother when they were stopped at the X-ray scanner area of NAIA Terminal 4. White alleged that a male security personnel told him that his problem will be settled for PHP30,000. White said he refused to settle with the NAIA personnel and instead insisted that he is innocent. "God endured the pain when he was being whipped at the cross and if I need to be detained just to prove my innocence so be it," said White. White is the second person to make such allegations against airport personnel.
AMID the public outrage over the epidemic of “laglag bala” scam incidents at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Aquino government has once again exposed its callousness to the plight of ordinary Filipinos. During last Friday’s press briefing, Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma urged the traveling public not to be alarmed by the reported “laglag bala” scam incidents at the country’s airports. “We need to put this in the right context. There are thousands using our airports and there are only just a few [passengers who were] found carrying bullets…,” Coloma said. What Coloma is clearly implying is that we have nothing to worry about because there’s only a slim chance of falling victim to the scam since thousands of travelers go through our airports without incident. Seriously?! What if it was us or our loved ones who fall prey to this “laglag bala” extortionists? The insensitive response from the Palace’s messaging chief is reminiscent of PNoy’s remarks to a businessman who complained about the deteriorating peace and order situation in Tacloban City after typhoon Yolanda. Complaining about his store being ransacked by looters and being shot at by an armed thief, PNoy retorted: “Eh, buhay ka pa naman, di ba? (But you’re still alive, aren’t you?).” Malacañang obviously doesn’t give a damn because so far, the victims have merely been a handful of small-time Filipinos and naïve foreigners. But even one victim is one too many. What about the innocent, working-class Filipino whose life has been turned upside down because some crooked airport staff decided he needed to make some money on the side? It’s well and good if all the victims can afford to post the usual P80,000 bail for illegal possession of ammunition, or hire the services of a private lawyer to defend them in court. Unfortunately, most of the victims are foreign tourists or overseas Filipino workers who neither have the money or access to good legal help, and who can be easily intimidated, threatened or cajoled into forking over some cash. The Palace cannot deny that the extortion scam exists. There are the stories by the victims themselves. READ MORE...


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Noy orders DOTC to improve efforts vs 'laglag-bala' scam


In this April 2011 photo, President Benigno Aquino III, assisted by MIAA General Manager Jose Angel Honrado, inspects the operations and security set up at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 departure area in Pasay City. Malacañang Photo Bureau/Jay Morales

MANILA, NOVEMBER 9, 2015 (PHILSTAR)  By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated November 2, 2015 - President Benigno Aquino III on Monday ordered the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to improve its efforts against the alleged "laglag-bala" extortion scheme of airport authorities.

Aquino met this morning with DOTC officials in Malacañang amid increasing reports of the bullet-planting scam being perpetrated at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals.

"The President has been briefed and has given further instructions in order to refine the efforts under way. The DOTC as the lead agency will be updating the public," Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a text message to reporters.

Lacierda did not elaborate the instructions given by the president.

Perpetrators of the alleged scheme work by extracting bullets, which they themselves supposedly planted, from the passengers' luggage. They then intimidate the victims to force them to pay up.

The latest incident involved a 65-year-old grandmother departing for Singapore on Sunday morning who was accosted after a bullet was allegedly found inside her carry-on bag.

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Lacierda said on Saturday that Aquino and Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya had ordered an investigation.

He said additional closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras will be placed inside NAIA to better monitor the situation.

Lacierda described the situation as lamentable as he reminded the public to be more mindful of their luggage.

"We're looking at the process. We're looking at how that happened. We’re looking at the personnel involved," Lacierda told state-run Radyo ng Bayan.

"We want to take away that fear from them. We will ensure the safety of each and every passenger who uses our terminals," he added.

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DOTC, MIAA chiefs face complaint over bullet scam By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated November 3, 2015 - 12:42pm 3 496 googleplus0 0


In this March 2013 photo, President Benigno Aquino III inspects the ticketing and pre-boarding facilities at the departure area of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Pasay City.He is flanked by Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Jose Angel Honrado, Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and PCOO Secretary Herminio "Sonny" Coloma Jr. Malacañang Photo Bureau/Gil Nartea

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday filed an administrative complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman against Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and airport officials in connection with the alleged bullet-planting or "laglag-bala" scam.

Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) Chairman Dante Jimenez and Network of Independent Travel Agents (NITAS) Chairman Robert Lim Joseph were also among the complainants who joined Cayetano in the attempted move to have the officials preventively suspended amid reports on the extortion scam at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.

Abaya, Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Jose Angel Honrado, Office for Transportation Security (OTS) Administrator Rolando Recomono and Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group (PNP-Avsegroup) Director Pablo Balagtas have been named respondents in the complaint.

"That a preventive suspension order be levelled against all the Respondents; That an investigation be conducted in order to determine the extent of administrative and criminal liability and civil liability to the victims," the complaint stated.

The senator, who is running for vice president in 2016, wants the DOTC, MIAA, OTS and PNP-Avsegroup officials to conduct a probe into airport employees who may be invovled in the alleged scheme.

The complainants also urged the Ombudsman to have involved officials employees dismissed from office if proven negligent of their duties citing command responsibility under Executive Order 226.

The complaint came following reports of passengers being accused of possessing ammunition in their luggage. The apprehended passengers at the airport suspected to be victims of a bullet-planting scheme, from which they would allegedly be extorted money.

Malacañang has ordered government agencies to validate the reported cases.


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MIAA chief Honrado: Resignation not the solution By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated November 5, 2015 - 12:49pm 1 57 googleplus0 0


Amid calls for him to resign following the "laglag-bala" or bullet planting incidents at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila International Airport Authority general manager Jose Angel Honrado maintained that he will step down if his appointing officer, President Benigno Aquino III, will ask him to do so. Malacañang Photo Bureau/Jay Morales

MANILA, Philippines - Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Jose Angel Honrado on Thursday insisted that he will not resign from his post unless President Benigno Aquino III asks him to.

"When the appointing authority says that you're not capable anymore of doing your job and he tells you to go, then you should go not a minute longer," Honrado said in an interview with ANC's Headstart.

The MIAA chief stressed that resignation is not the solution to the "laglag-bala" or bullet planting incidents in the country's airport terminals.

"I don't run away from a good fight," Honrado said.

He added that he will only step down from his position if he will feel that he is no longer contributing to the "Daang Matuwid" or straight path principle of the Aquino administration.

Honrado said that he has no authority over all the 22 government agencies operating in airports.

"They operate on their own mandates. Some are mandated by law, some are mandated by executive orders like the (Office of Transportation Security), some are mandated by other legal basis," the MIAA chief said.

Honrado assured that the government is trying to address the "laglag-bala" issue "as squarely as possible."

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya earlier said that the reports on the cases of bullet planting in airport terminals "have been blown out of proportion."

Meanwhile, the Department of Justice has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to look into the bullet planting incidents at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

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Install HD cameras at airports contra ‘tanim-bala’ scheme — solon Written by Charlie V. Manalo Wednesday, 04 November 2015 00:00


CBCP on airport extortion mess: Shameful MANILA BULLETIN FILE

Following the proliferation of bullet planting or the “laglag-bala” or “tanim-bala” extortion scheme at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Las Piñas Rep. Mark Villar said it is high time the government install HD (high-definition) closed-circuit television cameras.

“Upon investigation, this has been prevalent for a couple of years and has grown to be a modus operandi inside the airport. There has been a breach of procedure — and some government employees may have taken advantage of the lack of security infrastructure,” Villar said.

“We need to establish a deterrent mechanism — a system of transparency and accountability inside the airport. It has already affected the inflow of tourism and business opportunities in the country. The culture of fear has to stop,” Villar, who chairs the committee on trade and industry added.

Villar filed HB 6243, an act mandating the installation of High-Definition Closed-Circuit Television Cameras in all baggage checking area of all international and domestic airports.

“Our government must protect its citizens at all costs even against public officials. It is high time we install and check and balance mechanism not only against passengers but also against abusive public officials,” he said.

For his part, house committee on labor chairman and Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles called on the Department of Justice (DoJ) to conduct a special inquiry into the laglag-bala issue in order to get to the bottom of this extortion racket that has victimized hundreds of travelers, many of them overseas contract workers.

According to Nograles, there is a need to conduct an inventory of all past arrests due to alleged confiscation of ammunition and seek a review of all cases that were filed in court, including those that were already given judgment by the regional trial courts.

“This discovery of this so-called laglag-bala scheme at the NAIA has opened up serious doubts as to the authenticity and legitimacy of all the previous arrests involving alleged seizures of ammunition. We owe it to the victims of these laglag-bala scheme to review their cases, even re-open them if necessary, so that we can truly give justice to these people,” Nograles said.

According to Nograles, the sordid image of NAIA which was named after the father of President Aquino who was shot dead on tarmac of the very same airport, turned from bad to worse when Jose Angel Honrado was appointed as Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager.

Nograles said NAIA earned a lot of embarrassing labels, including its tag as the world’s worst airport, all under the term of Honrado as MIAA general manager and therefore should voluntarily resign his post because of delicadeza.

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“NAIA just used to be world’s worst airport but now it has become the world’s only airport with a bullet farm because of this tanim-bala racket. All these things happened under the watch of Honrado. There was never a time when NAIA was the object of so much ridicule and scandal on a constant basis until Honrado came along,” Nograles said.

“Resignation is voluntary. You do not wait for the appointing authority to tell you to resign. Because of delicadeza you are supposed to voluntarily tender your resignation. I dare you to submit your resignation to the President effective today and you just wait for him to accept or reject it,” he added.

Nograles noted that before earning the tag as world’s worst airport, Honrado and the NAIA management had been under constant barrage of criticisms because of poor maintenance to the point that even the terminal ceiling collapsed due to a severe state of disrepair.

“The code of conduct and ethics of public officials dictates that government employees shall forever uphold public interest above self interest and must uphold professionalism, justness, sincerity and responsiveness to Filipino public. Gusto mo magpa-survey tayo kung gusto ka pa ng taongbayan? Kahit magpa-survey tayo sa mga empleyado pati na din mga contractual at mga porter ng NAIA kung sang-ayon pa ba sila sa pamamalakad mo?” Nograles said.

Abakada Rep. Jonathan de la Cruz, on the other hand, said the only way for the Aquino government to be able to get into the bottom of the laglag-bala issue is to remove Honrado and allow independent probers to investigate this scheme.

“With the apparent epoxy-like attitude of airport officials holding on to their posts despite the growing public clamor for them to resign resulting from the tanim-bala incidents, there is now a need for the public to rise up and insist that they let a new set of workers clean the mess. In addition we are asking the public to report other cases of extortion and related incidents of illegal practices and unethical behavior of employees and adjunct facilitators victimizing unsuspecting travelers,” De la Cruz said.


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Mar on 'tanim-bala' modus: Greedy, selfish 'syndicate' should be held liable By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated November 5, 2015 - 2:40pm 1 263 googleplus0 0


Presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II defended the Aquino administration over the "tanim-bala" scam at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Philstar.com/File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Liberal Party presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II admitted that the bullet planting scam has sown anger and fear among many Filipinos but is optimistic that those behind the scheme would be caught.

Roxas attributed the extortion scheme to a “syndicate” and reiterated that he is one with Filipinos in condemning the modus operandi.

“The syndicates behind this should be held accountable. We condemn the greedy and selfish people behind this scheme that victimizes our countrymen,” Roxas said.

“I am confident that those behind this scheme will be caught. However, the damage has been done. Our OFWs (overseas Filipino workers), tourists, investors and ordinary travelers have been shocked and humiliated. The victims could have been one of us,” he added.

Roxas issued the statement after drawing flak for raising the possibility that the bullet planting scheme may be a plot to discredit the Aquino administration. Critics claimed Roxas’ statement was insensitive to the victims of the extortion scheme and reflected his lack of knowledge of the issue.

Interestingly, Roxas’ latest statement no longer contained references to possible demolition jobs against the government and focused more on appeal to run after people behind the scam.

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“I am one with the entire nation in hoping for a speedy resolution to this issue,” the Liberal Party standard bearer said.

Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya earlier said only 1,510 people or 0.004 percent of the 32.4 million passengers who passed through the four terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminals have been apprehended for bringing bullets.

The statistics, however, do not matter for Roxas.

“Regardless of the statistics, ‎one person wrongfully accused is one case too many,” he said.

Roxas called on the public to be vigilant and to cooperate with authorities while the scam is being investigated.


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Robredo Filed House bill to decriminalize ‘laglag-bala’ By Ric V. Obedencio (The Freeman) | Updated November 5, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


ROXAS, ROBREDO PHILSTAR COMPOSITE FILE PHOTO

TAGBILARAN CITY, Philippines – Representative Leni Robredo of Camarines Sur, who is now the runningmate of presidential aspirant Mar Roxas of the Liberal Party, yesterday announced that she filed a House bill seeking to decriminalize laglag-bala, an alleged extortion scheme that has become a scandal at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport recently.

Robredo, the widow of the late Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, said her bill has been intended to deter extortion attempts, while discouraging airport personnel, who may be the culprits, from continuing with this modus operandi.

If her bill is enacted, carrying at least three bullets by an airline passenger would not be considered a criminal act, said Robredo.

The most important thing for officials in the executive department, for now, is to go down to the bottom of the scandal, otherwise the people’s trust in government would be eroded, she said.

Laglag-bala stories of Boholanos, who are overseas Filipino workers, are now mounting. One such victim, who asked not to be named, said he had to shell out cash or gifts for NAIA personnel to avoid delay.

Robredo, when asked on her chance of winning in the vice presidential race on May 2016, admitted that she lagged behind in the surveys and that she has not been so popular compared to her opponents who were already in the national race before. But she’s making strides and working hard, she added.

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Robredo was the guest speaker during the 119th birthday of Bohol’s most illustrious son, then president Carlos Polestico Garcia, an event that carried the theme “CPG @119: Living Inspiration of the Boholanos’s Quest for Pride, Humility and Cultural Identity.”

The CPG Day is a non-working holiday for Bohol only, in accordance with the law.

Officials, led by Governor Edgar Chatto and Vice Governor Concepcion Lim, welcomed Robredo and other guests, among them Education Undersecretary Rizalino Rivera, and Garcia’s son-in-law and CPG Foundation representative Fernando Campos.

Also on hand to attend the celebration were Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geesnell Lim Yap II, 3rd district Representative Arthur Yap, and Bohol mayors and other municipal officials.

The CPG Day celebration also conferred awards to the following: Jessel Mark Magsayo for sports; Enriqueta Borja Butalid (music); and Emilia Roslinda (social development), as well as special citations to Philippine Ports Manager Annie Lee Manese and Bohol Police provincial director, Senior Superintendent Dennis Palo Agustin. (FREEMAN)


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Team Daang Matuwid spokesman defends Mar on 'tanim-bala' statement By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated November 5, 2015 - 4:22pm 1 2 googleplus0 0


Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid spokesman and Akbayan Rep. Ibarra Gutierrez

MANILA, Philippines - The administration coalition Thursday defended its presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II from critics who assailed him for saying that the bullet scam at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport may be part of a plot to discredit the government.

Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid spokesman and Akbayan Rep. Ibarra Gutierrez clarified that Roxas is supportive of efforts to stop acts that hurt the image of the Philippines and cause apprehension among travelers.

“He (Roxas) supports a swift and exhaustive investigation and the imposition of appropriate penalties on any person found responsible, be it a scheme of a group, some individuals or a huge conspiracy,” he said.

Earlier, Roxas drew flak for raising the possibility that the airport bullet scam may be a plot to destroy the image of the government as it prepares to host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit this month.

“I think in all things, the truth should prevail. Is it a plot, a vast effort to destroy the image of the government especially now that the APEC is approaching? Is it an effort to destroy the tourism program?” the Liberal Party (LP) presidential bet said in an interview in Pangasinan last Tuesday.

“For me, whoever is behind this, it is important to know the whole truth. Is this a scheme of those supervising the X-ray machine or a vast conspiracy?” he added.

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Roxas, nevertheless, said those behind the scheme should be punished.

“This scam has no place in the airports and seaports of our country. This is not acceptable to the straight path. This should be investigated,” he added.

Roxas’ comments, however, did not sit well with some critics who accused him of blaming the victims of the extortion scheme to protect the government’s image.

Migrant workers group Migrante said Roxas’ statement was “unconvincing” and reflected “government inaction and inefficiency” to curb the extortion scheme. The group vowed to actively campaign against Roxas in the 2016 polls.

Gutierrez, however, dismissed Migrante’s statement as a “hysterical propaganda.”

“Given the unequivocal position of Sec Mar, Migrante’s latest barrage is readily exposed as the same old hysterical propaganda it has attempted to peddle in the past,” the administration coalition spokesman said.

“But this is typical of Migrante’s politics: ‘all talk, no solution.’ Their default mode for everything is spouting anti-government rhetoric and denying, whenever they can, even the most obvious gains of the government,” he added.

Gutierrez said the government has taken concrete steps to address the issue, which is threatening to cast a shadow on the Philippines’ hosting of the APEC summit.

“The DOTC (Department of Transportation and Communications) and concerned airport security agencies have already begun the necessary steps to combat this scheme by putting up additional CCTVs (closed-circuit television) within the airport and tightening the baggage handling procedures, while pursuing a vigilant investigation of concerned airport employees,” he said.

Some supporters of Roxas have turned to social networking sites to shield the administration’s presidential bet from bashers. They suspect that the bullet scam issue is an attempt to malign the Aquino administration and Roxas.

In a recent Facebook post, actress Cynthia Patag said the bullet planting scheme is a “demolition job by the malevolent minions ordered by their demon leaders to discredit the Aquino administration (and ultimately) the LP’s presidential candidate Mar Roxas.”

Singer Leah Navarro, another Roxas supporter, posted on her Facebook account that those behind the bullet planting scheme is shaming not just the administration but all Filipinos including themselves.


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Escudero hits proposed decriminalization of bullet possession SHARES: 179 VIEW COMMENTS By: Maila Ager @MAgerINQ INQUIRER.net 02:38 PM November 5th, 2015


Vice presidential aspirant Sen. Francis Escudero

Vice presidential aspirant Sen. Francis Escudero on Thursday thumbed down the proposed decriminalization of possession of three bullets or less in the country’s airports amid the proliferation of the so-called “tanim-bala” modus operandi.

Escudero pointed out that the problem was not the number of bullets being confiscated but the people “planting” them.
“Ang tanong ko, saan nanggaling yung tatlo? Bakit hindi dalawa? Bakit hindi lima?” Escudero said during an open forum when sought to comment on the proposal in Congress to decriminalize the acquisition, possession and carrying of not more than three bullets in airports to eliminate the racket.

“Pangalawa, kung gagawin nating legal dito ’yun, gagawin din bang legal sa ibang bansa? Baka naman pagdating dito legal kung may isa o dalawang bala, pagdating naman sa Amerika or China ilegal naman dun. Doon pa makulong ang ating mga kababayan,” Escudero said.

“Dahil sa totoo lang hindi naman bala ang problema e. ’Yung tao ang problema, yung naglalaglag at nagtatanim ng bala ang problema. Walang kinalaman yung bala roon, nananahimik lang sya.”

His remark drew laughter from the crowd who gathered at Quezon City Sports Club for Makabayan bloc’s endorsement of the presidential and vice presidential bids of Senators Grace Poe and Escudero.

“So kung maghahanap tayo ng solution … ’yung taong nagtatanim ang pagtutunan natin ng pansin,” Escudero added. Maila Ager/RC

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Callous ‘daang matuwid’ gov’t strikes again November 2, 2015 8:58 pm Atty. Dodo Dulay


by ATTY. DODO DULAY

AMID the public outrage over the epidemic of “laglag bala” scam incidents at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Aquino government has once again exposed its callousness to the plight of ordinary Filipinos.

During last Friday’s press briefing, Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma urged the traveling public not to be alarmed by the reported “laglag bala” scam incidents at the country’s airports. “We need to put this in the right context. There are thousands using our airports and there are only just a few [passengers who were] found carrying bullets…,” Coloma said.

What Coloma is clearly implying is that we have nothing to worry about because there’s only a slim chance of falling victim to the scam since thousands of travelers go through our airports without incident. Seriously?! What if it was us or our loved ones who fall prey to this “laglag bala” extortionists?

The insensitive response from the Palace’s messaging chief is reminiscent of PNoy’s remarks to a businessman who complained about the deteriorating peace and order situation in Tacloban City after typhoon Yolanda. Complaining about his store being ransacked by looters and being shot at by an armed thief, PNoy retorted: “Eh, buhay ka pa naman, di ba? (But you’re still alive, aren’t you?).”

Malacañang obviously doesn’t give a damn because so far, the victims have merely been a handful of small-time Filipinos and naïve foreigners.

But even one victim is one too many. What about the innocent, working-class Filipino whose life has been turned upside down because some crooked airport staff decided he needed to make some money on the side? It’s well and good if all the victims can afford to post the usual P80,000 bail for illegal possession of ammunition, or hire the services of a private lawyer to defend them in court.

Unfortunately, most of the victims are foreign tourists or overseas Filipino workers who neither have the money or access to good legal help, and who can be easily intimidated, threatened or cajoled into forking over some cash.
The Palace cannot deny that the extortion scam exists. There are the stories by the victims themselves.

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More than a month ago, Filipino balikbayan Rhed Austria de Guzman complained about the “laglag bala” scam at the NAIA Terminal 2 in her Facebook post. She said NAIA security allegedly discovered two bullets in the side pocket of her luggage after it went through the X-ray machine. When she denied putting them there, her porter told her to just pay off the NAIA scanners P500. Even though she didn’t do anything wrong, De Guzman coughed up the money so she could get it over with and leave for the US.

We find De Guzman’s story credible. She has no motive to make up such a story especially when she had already arrived in the US and could have easily ignored the incident as a one-off.

There’s also the testimony of Lane Michael White, a 20-year old tourist from Florida, who was locked for five-and-a-half days for allegedly carrying a bullet in his luggage. White, who was traveling with his father, an American pastor, and his Filipina stepmother, to Coron, Palawan, was stopped at the X-ray scanner at NAIA Terminal 4 after a security officer pulled out a .22 caliber bullet from the side pocket of his luggage (the favorite place to drop bullets, it seems).



White denied that the bullet belonged to him and told the security personnel he was not aware of how it got inside his luggage. White says that during their discussion, a male security personnel told him that his problem could be settled for P30,000 but that he refused, insisting he was innocent. So off to jail he went.

We also find White’s extortion claim to be credible. It is highly improbable that a tourist like White would bring one small bullet to a beach destination such as Coron. There is no plausible motive or reason for him to do so.

Perhaps the clearest evidence of the existence of the scam is the case of 56-year old OFW, Gloria Ortinez, who was returning to her work in Hong Kong when she was arrested by airport police after X-ray personnel allegedly found a carbine rifle bullet in her bag. When she was brought to the investigating fiscal, however, NAIA’s airport police presented a different bullet from that allegedly taken from Ortinez’s bag during the X-ray inspection, clearly indicating that the bullet was “planted.” Good thing the alert fiscal smelled the scam and released Ortinez without bail.

Moreover, isn’t it highly suspicious that all those caught in these scam incidents were found to be carrying only one or two bullets? Why would anyone smuggle merely one or two bullets? It simply doesn’t make sense, right?

But to the extortionists in NAIA, one bullet is enough, at least for their purpose. With possession of ammunition, carrying a jail term of 6 to 12 years, be it one or one hundred bullets, most scam victims would rather “settle” than risk prosecution or jail time.

So what has this “daang matuwid” government done to address this thievery in our airports? None, except to say that the cases of bullet-planting are being investigated by authorities. Ang galing-galing!

10 Responses to Callous ‘daang matuwid’ gov’t strikes again
ernesto catingub says:
November 3, 2015 at 11:41 am
ABNOY is the worst president of the philippines that we had. kung bakit marami pa ring pinoy na naniniwala sa kanya. sana ang wish ko next year na makulong agad si ABNOY at mga KKK niya pagkatapos ng election
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Leodegardo Pruna says:
November 3, 2015 at 7:25 am
P-Noy and his alter-egos are self-righteous men and women who would not accept any wrong. That is what is wrong with government now. God bless the Philippines.
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Tesboy says:
November 3, 2015 at 7:16 am
the spokesperson of the tenant in Malacanang, pag naiipit sa mga tanong, their usual reply: LET’S PUT THIS INTO THE RIGHT CONTEXT THAT THE LINE OF LACIERDA, PAG SI COLOMA, ITAMA NATIN ANG CONTEKSTO NG TANONG O ILAGAY NATIN SA TAMANG KONTEKSTO”. This words are the most abused words coming from the said spokesperson.
ako presidente pinagsisipa ko na ang mga sa mga balls nila. nadadamay si Mar Roxas nagiging no. 1 tuloy sa ilalim ng tulay.
Ok din yan pwede itransfer sa Department of Agriculture, mahilig din pala mag tanin, isama head si Lacierda at Coloma
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Tesboy says:
November 3, 2015 at 7:33 am
Callous, the government strike again, yes not again but always, they did that to MRT Bidding and everywhere, it started during CJ Corona REMEMBER THE BRIBERY to impeach CJ. STRIKE no. 1; EVIDENCE MACHINATION SETS IN PLUNDER CASE FOR CGMA FOR JUST OKAYING THE REQUEST FOR FUNDS TWISTING THE LAW
STRIKE no. 2; PLUNDER CASES AGAINST ENRILE, JINGGOY AND BONG REVILLA, ALL 3 IN ONE STRIKE no. 3. and many more.
This government achievement was pond of making many people rich to become more richer not in pesos but in dollar, they are now listed in Forbes Magazine latest Billionaires. Oh my gulay, they are the favored ones, they are into mining, energy, water services, transportation, communication, infrastractures, broadcasting, you name it they are there. The service supposed to go to the BOSSES are diverted to this people.
Cori says:
November 3, 2015 at 9:51 am
And it makes you wonder how can Coloma go home to his family after all the lies that he is relaying to the people,courtesy of his boss Abnoy..all the lies and then going home to face your children,,,tsk tsk Coloma should run away from this @$$4073 while he still have some pride left in him..
Gloria M. Kuizon says:
November 3, 2015 at 4:14 am
God bless you, Mr. Dulay. More writing power to you, sir.
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butch hirro says:
November 3, 2015 at 1:00 am
I just wish that one of Coloma’s family members fall prey to this laglag bala syndicate. let’s see how he feels. or maybe even Pnoy’s. Sana nga! Sanang sana nga!!!
the callousness of this administration is quite pretty obvious. that it doesn’t really give a damn. the following two examples are the best that this administration showed it’s citizens of how callous it is.
Pnoy on the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda: “eh buhay ka pa naman, di ba? (but you’re still alive, right”?)
Coloma on his response to the riders of the MRT and the LRT: “I think you should consider other ways of getting to your destinations using other modes of transportation”
Pnoy on the arrival honors for the fallen SAF 44: “I cannot change my schedule anymore since I already had committed to visiting the car manufacturing plant in laguna”.
Pnoy on the EDSA traffic: “I felt how heavy the traffic was on EDSA.” seriously? just now? after almost 6 years as president?
all of these, only in the Philippines, right?
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Lemon says:
November 3, 2015 at 8:59 am
hinay hinay Lang mga Kabayan We know that Abnoy and the whole gang are malinis Kasi he doesn’t know all of these happenings in our country.Kasalanan daw lahat Ni GMA or di kaya Si FM.may Utak ba sya…wala…. kaya 6 months Na Lang Sa Munti Na bagsak Yan.
Ronaldo Valdes says:
November 3, 2015 at 12:22 am
Dapat itanin ang bala sa utak ng mga yan para magising silang lahat ng kahayupan na gingawa nila sa bayan kong Pilipinas. Nakakahiya .. The only Airport in the whole world where people are scared to enter.Our goverment is full of crap. starting to our leaders puro wlang hiya, KURAKOT AT MAGNANAKAW MULA SA NAMUMUNO HANGANG SA PINAKAMABABANG PULIS (pnp) SA AIRPORT.BAYAN UMALSA KA AT MAGISING SA KADEMONYOHAN NG MGA NAMAMAHALA..
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Maddflo says:
November 3, 2015 at 7:08 am
I sympathize with you, Sir Ronaldo. Sana huwag na natin iboto ang mga gagong LPs at nang mga Tuwad na Daan kurakots. Big no to Mar Roxas in 2016. Let’s go for Duterte para mawala na ang mga demonyong mga yellow fanatics, drug addicts and smugglers.


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