Thursday, December 10, 2015

NBI report: "Laglag-bala" Scam is true, 2 OTS, 4 cops charged

MANILA - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) report confirms that the laglag bala scam is real and it's happening not just on the imagination of the victims. The NBI has also filed criminal charges against several airport officers in connection with the arrest and detention of alleged "tanim-bala" modus victim Lane Michael White.

According to the American he was victimized by the bullet-planting modus upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4 (NAIA 4) last September 17.

Charged in a complaint filed with the Department of Justice (DOJ) by the National Bureau of Investigation, on White's behalf, are Maria Elena Cena and Marvin Garcia of the Office for Transportation Security (OTS); and SPO2 Rolando A. Clarin, P/CINSP Adriano Junio, SPO4 Ramon Bernardo, and SPO2 Romy Navarro of the Philippine National Police-Aviation Security Group (PNP-AVSEGROUP).

Both Cena and Garcia was seen in the video footage taken by White's step-mother, they were the one who handled White's luggage at the X-ray machine area and called his attention for the alleged presence of a bullet in the luggage. Both are facing charges of robbery/extortion; violations of Republic Act (RA) No. 7438 (An Act Defining Certain Rights of Person Arrested, Detained or Under Custodial Investigation and Duties of the Arresting, Detaining and Investigating Officers) and RA No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act).

Clarin, Junio, Bernardino, and Navarro face charges for Violations of Article V, Section 38 (Liability for Planting Evidence) of RA No. 10591 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act); robbery/extortion; and violations of RA No. 7438 and RA No. 3019.

White and his stepmother, Filipina Eloisa Zoleta, are named as complainants of the case.

Based on their testimonies, the airport officers allegedly tried to extort P30,000 for the non-filing of charges against White.

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