A new procedure that is being performed in luggage screening to clear the “tanim-bala” (bullet-planting) scheme at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Newly assigned Philippine National Police-Aviation Security Group (PNP-Avsegroup) Director General Senior Supt. Mao Aplasca made this pledge to customers traveling by air.
“The new policy is to look at the background of people (caught carrying bullets) before they are prosecuted. For example, the elderly are very unlikely to have criminal or terroristic intentions,” said Aplasca in an interview last Thursday.
President Rodrigo Duterte and Transportation Sec. Arthur Tugade ordered him to end immediately these corruption attempts at the country’s premier airport.
“If we do not find a hint that they are part of criminal or terrorist elements, we will release them. Anyway, they can be traceable based on documents they have,” Aplasca said.
They will outline all conflicts and determine those that will be filed in courts, he said.
“Our primary job here is to provide assistance and protect the public. We are not here to find fault or prosecute… We equally assure that the public is protected of criminal elements and terrorist intentions,” Aplasca said.
The director general, however, inform the citizens to continue being vigilant and be proactive when checking in their bags at the airport.