IN a bid to end the bullet planting (laglag bala) extortion scheme at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, authorities say travelers with no derogatory record will no longer be arrested provided that no firearm is found in their possession.
“Tanim bala (bullet-planting) modus operandi is a thing of the past and we assure the public that they need not worry that they will miss their flight or get arrested at our airport for possession of an ammunition,” says the newly installed Police Aviation Security Group director, S/Supt. Mao Aplasca.
He points out that the new directive is now the standing operational policy at the airport as this is the wish of President Rodrigo Roa Durterte as relayed to the hierarchy of the Philippine National Police and the Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.
However, passengers caught in possession of ammunition will undergo immediate profiling and if established that the passengers are not connected with any terrorist or criminal group nor has any criminal intention in possession of the ammunition will be immediately released and allowed to board their flight.
Aplasca says the Avsegroup has the capability to determine if the passenger is a member of a terrorist or criminal syndicate through profiling or background investigation.
He adds that despite the loosening of the rules, a joint security team comprising of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), Department of Tourism (DOT), and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will still conduct regular security planning for a more harmonious security program at the airport.