VACC: Drastic measures needed to solve 'tanim-bala'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 07 2015 11:37 PM

MANILA - The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) believes the government needs to implement ''drastic measures'' to curb the ''tanim-bala'' (bullet-planting) extortion scheme at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Speaking on DZMM, VACC member Arsenio "Boy" Evangelista said the pattern of recent arrests involving possession of bullets is already "unbelievable."

"Magugulat ka eh, 'no. Tig-iisang bala... ano ba ang magiging material gain? Magdadala ka ng isang bala, for what? Makikita po niyo dito 'yung common sense use ng mag-iimbestiga, na nakikita naman nila 'yung pattern, may pattern ng pangyayari na ganoon, which is very unbelievable," he explained.

He added that although airport personnel are very keen on looking for bullets, they somehow failed to detect illegal drugs that are being transported out of the country.

"Ang ikinaiinis namin dito, 'yung 2.5 kilo ng heroin, nakakalusot, hindi nadedetect, samantalang 'yung isang bala, nadedetect nila," Evangelista said.

"Kaya nga po kami, gusto namin po dito, 'yung magkaroon po tayo ng drastic measures dito. Ayaw po natin ng dismissal lang po dito, ayaw po natin dito idi-dismiss sila, ire-relieve sila, ililipat sila ng ibang department.''

Evangelista said, if they could have it their way, they would want to form special task groups to focus mainly on the issue.

VACC has earlier called Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya insensitive for supposedly downplaying the incidents of "tanim-bala".

READ: VACC on tanim-bala: Nakataya dito karangalan ng Pilipinas