NBI conduct own probe into ’laglag bala’ scam

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is now looking deeper into the proliferation of alleged ‘bullet-planting’ (laglag bala) incidents at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and determine whether there are groups behind the scam.

This development came after the Department of Justice-formed seven-man NBI task force has been given 15 days within which to submit its findings.

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At the Palace briefing Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that the NBI has always proceeded on any investigation with an open mind so all avenues will be considered.

Valte noted that investigations are being conducted as the government also undertakes concrete steps in addressing the alleged ‘bullet-planting’ scam against passengers at the NAIA.

She said these measures include the installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) system at the NAIA and the implementation of no-touch policy among bag inspectors.

The ‘bullet planting’ incidents at the NAIA allegedly involves some airport security personnel putting live ammunition in passengers’ luggage in order to extort money from them.
(PNA / By Leslie D. Venzon)

Earlier, the Department of Transporta tion and Communication on Wednesday said that there is no proof that the extortion scheme called ‘Laglag Bala’ or bullet-planting is caused by syndicates. Even Department of Transportation secretary Joseph Abaya in a press conference a the NAIA terminal 3 said that they have yet to get any fact that there are syndicates that operate this (scheme).”

Read related story here: DOTC finds no proof on ‘Laglag Bala’ scheme by syndicates?

Even Camarines Sur 3rd district congresswoman and Liberal party vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo pitched-in her voice on the alleged scam.

Read the full story here: Robredo files bill to end ‘Tanim Bala’ modus operandi.

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