Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Bullet Planting Scam: Elderly Couple Held in the Airport After live Bullet Found in Bag

Bullet Planting Scam, Bullet Planting in NAIA, Scam Manila airport

Bullet Planting Scam, Bullet Planting in NAIA, Scam Manila airport

The bullet planting scam is back in Manila Airport (Ninoy Aquino International Airport), an elderly couple were held and stopped from boarding their flight going to Los Angeles, California when airport security personnel discovered a live bullet in their baggage.

The two senior citizer were 75 years old Salvacion Cortabista her 78-year-old husband Esteban, they were stopped at the NAIA 1 when the airport x-ray shows a .38-caliber bullet in her hand-carry bag. The couple looked dazed and confuse about what was happening they were suppose to visit their daughter based in San Diego, California.

According to Cortabista’s daughter Emy, they had thouroughly checked her mother’s bag 3x before they went to NAIA, turning it inside-out and shaking it to rid it of any unwanted materials.

“Hindi ko sukat akalain na mangyayari sa amin ito. Wala naman kaming ganyan…bala. Magsasaka lang kami, papaano kami magkakaroon ng bala (I never imagined this would happen to us. We don’t have that kind of thing, a bullet. We’re just farmers, so how could we have a bullet)?” said Esteban, who decided to cancel their US visit.

In the CCTV footage shown to media by the Office for Transportation Security (OTS), Salvacion was seen beeing pushed in a wheelchair in the airport, while her husband is seen carrying her shoulder bag. The husband also was the one to place her bag into the first x-ray machine located at the NAIA 1 entrance. It was apparent that nothing irregular was detected as they were allowed to proceed to the check-in counters in the departure area.

The senior citizen couple was also able to check in their baggage at the Korean Air counter before 12 noon and proceeded to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) counter.

It was after they were cleared at the BI counter that the next x-ray machine sounded off and detected the bullet in Salvacion’s shoulder bag.

Their checked in baggage were stored at the Korean Air's office, pending investigation and filing of appropriate charges by airport authorities.

The couple said, "Mga ordinaryo lang po kaming magsasaka sa Boso Boso, Antipolo. Wala naman po kaming pera. Bakit kami naman po ang bibiktimahin ng tanim-bala dito sa airport?."  (We are just ordinary farmers based in Boso Boso Antipolo, we don't have money why would they victimized us with their bullet planting scam in the airport)

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