-If caught with a bullet, a passenger won’t be detained anymore; however, if he or she is caught with 2 or more, then it’s a different story
- Faster wifi, fixing aircondition units and additional CCTVs are proposed to improve NAIA
- The new administration wants NAIA to be removed in the “World’s worst airports” list
Following the numerous cases of “tanim-bala (bullet-planting)” scheme, passengers who are now caught with a bullet will not be held by Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) security personnel anymore.
The “tanim-bala” extortion schemes reached not only local but international news and resulted into a public outcry when a number of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) and senior citizens fell as victims of what is believed to be an operation of a syndicate.
This issue became more controversial when some victims narrate how airport security personnel use this to extort money in exchange of freedom. Perhaps one of the most famous cases are when an elderly couple, Esteban Cortabista and his wife, Salvacion who are 78 and 75 years old respectively were victimized wherein they were asked to give P50,000 in exchange for the airport to allow them to board their flight to the US.
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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) pressed charges against the airport employees involved in the cases but the Department of Justice (DOJ) dismissed the complaints due to insufficient evidence.
As part of the newly elected President Duterte’s initiative under his first 100 days, instead of charging and holding a passenger who has been caught with a bullet in his luggage, his name will be recorded by the officers and the bullet will be confiscated from him. However, if two or more bullets are found in the passenger’s possession, the same treatment can’t be expected.
This is a part of the improvements in the airport presented by the incoming MIAA general manager, Ed Monreal.
In addition to that, they are also proposing a 1GB free wifi for the passengers and will fix the malfunctioning air condition units. Additional CCTVs can also be expected in high definition in order to avoid the issue of instances wherein a passenger’s luggage will be opened without his consent.
Monreal believes that these changes are possible and that they’re aiming to remove the name of NAIA in the “World’s worst airports” list.