DAVAO - Is the "tanim bala" scam that has allegedly victimized returning overseas Filipino workers no longer just limited to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)?
Airport police in Davao City arrested a project engineer after two bullets were found inside his bag.
The 60-year-old engineer, Augusto Dorde Dagan, was on his way home to Manila when a screening at the Davao International Airport revealed the bullets inside his baggage.
Screening officer Ariel Mark Villareal recovered the 9 mm caliber bullets from Dagan's bag, and reported the incident to investigator PO3 Glen Jay Gallon.
Dagan will be charged with violating Presidential Decree 1866, as amended by Republic Act 8294 or Illegal Possession of Firearms and Ammunitions.
He has been released after posting P120,000 bail but has yet to issue a statement.
Dagan is a hydrology expert from Quezon City, and works for a construction firm.
Earlier this week, a 68-year-old woman and two others were arrested after authorities at the NAIA Terminal 3 discovered bullets in their luggage.
A reliable source told ABS-CBN News that airport security screening personnel are allegedly employing ''spotters'' to help them find the ''perfect'' passenger to victimize with their so-called ''tanim-bala'' scheme.
The source disclosed to airport reporters that the nefarious activities of the syndicate have gone unabated for the past 20 years, and even the dilapidated closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed at the four airport terminals cannot detect how bullets end up in the luggage of their victims.
''Sa tagal po nila sa trabahong ito, alam nila kung saan naka-pwesto ang mga CCTV ng airport at alam nila kung alin ang mga sirang CCTV cameras,'' said an airport source who spoke to ABS-CBN News on condition of anonymity.
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The Palace, meanwhile, downplayed the issue and said that the public should calm down amid the alleged ''tanim bala/laglag bala'' incidents.
Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma assured that the government is looking into the alleged scam. -- with a report from dxAB Davao