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DOTr: No baggage pilferage in NAIA Terminal 1

Feb 06, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade makes the announcement after a social media post claimed that the baggage of a Filipino couple was pilfered at NAIA 1

NO PILFERAGE? The Department of Transportation disputes a social media post on an alleged case of luggage theft at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. Image of NAIA Terminal 1 from Wiki Commons

Aquino and the continuing plight of OFWs

Jun 16, 2016 - 9:00 AM

President Benigno Aquino III promised OFWs that at the end of his administration working abroad will be a choice rather than a necessity Did he deliver?

How did President Benigno Aquino III address the needs of overseas Filipino workers in the past 6 years? Photo of Aquino by the Malacañang Photo Bureau, photo of OFWs by AFP

Traffic, urban woes, and the Aquino administration's image problem

Jun 12, 2016 - 1:30 PM

As the problems snowballed, and the administration remained quiet on telling people what it’s doing, Filipinos have become too angry to appreciate the reforms that, to them, are too little, too late

INSENSITIVE GOVERNMENT. As traffic worsened and public transportation woes built up, the Aquino administration has been increasingly perceived as an 'insensitive' government.

4 airport police skip DOJ hearing on ‘laglag-bala’ case

Dec 21, 2015 - 8:29 PM

The 4 members of the PNP Aviation Security Group who only sent lawyers to the hearing have until January 8 to answer accusations

OFW supporter: Duterte will kill for peace? Same in Saudi Arabia

Dec 02, 2015 - 10:36 AM

Duterte s iron fist approach to criminality appeals to OFWs who live in societies with a similar justice system

Duterte: Option to run as president 'already open'

Nov 19, 2015 - 11:34 PM

Referring to the SET decision favoring Senator Poe the Davao City mayor says I cannot accept an American president

RUNNING OR NOT? Yet again changing his mind, Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says he is open to running for president. Photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

DOJ assigns prosecutor to NAIA for bullet scam victims

Nov 13, 2015 - 7:16 PM

UPDATED A prosecutor at Manila airport terminals will lessen cases where passengers suspected to be victims of the laglag bala scam would be missing their flights

AIRPORT PROSECUTOR. Will assigning a prosecutor at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport help end the laglag-bala scam?

Laglag-bala probe, misused funds, South China Sea case | 12PM wRap

Nov 13, 2015 - 12:39 PM

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Manila prosecutor orders release of bullet-planting victim at seaport

Nov 11, 2015 - 9:28 PM

The Manila prosecutor s office cites similarities with reported cases of passengers at airports being apprehended for allegedly carrying live bullets in their bags

SIMILARITIES. Prosecutors have ordered the release of passengers apprehended for allegedly carrying bullets in their luggage.

Laglag-bala scheme, transportation woes, released hostage | 12PM wRap

Nov 10, 2015 - 1:06 PM

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Chiz to Aquino: Fire Abaya over MRT, 'laglag-bala'

Nov 07, 2015 - 3:48 PM

Reacting to Escudero s call Abaya merely says As I’ve repeatedly said serving the people is a privilege

FIRE HIM. Vice presidential aspirant Senator Francis Escudero calls on President Benigno Aquino III to fire Transportations Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya for failing to solve DOTC's problems.

Leave 'amulets' at home, Davao travelers advised

Nov 07, 2015 - 2:18 PM

In light of laglag bala incidents the Davao airport is equipped with 79 CCTVs 49 of which were installed last August by the city government while the other 39 recently installed were provided by the CAAP

Chief Inspector Eugene Baludo advises passengers to refrain from bringing their amulets to the airport, especially if these involve firearms.

Carpio on sea row, Marcos hits Honrado, crash probe | 12PM wRap

Nov 06, 2015 - 1:11 PM

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Laglag-bala scheme embarrassing, alarming – De Lima

Nov 05, 2015 - 9:25 PM

During the LP senatorial bet s visit to Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr promises to extend legal help to any Negrense who may fall victim to the bullet scam

INVESTIGATION. Leila De Lima says the DOTC and NBI are already investigating the cases of laglag-bala scheme in NAIA. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Marcos: Fire 'incompetent' MIAA chief Honrado

Nov 05, 2015 - 4:19 PM

How can you possibly defend somebody who has allowed this kind of victimization of our OFWs to carry on in the face of public scrutiny? asks the vice presidential aspirant

UNDER FIRE. MIAA general manager Jose Angel Honrado is labelled 'incompetent' bu Senator Bongbong Marcos. File photo by Ariel Cagadas

Roxas on laglag-bala scheme: 'Syndicates must pay'

Nov 05, 2015 - 2:58 PM

Liberal Party standard bearer and former transportation chief Mar Roxas clarifies his stand on the alleged laglag bala scheme

'SYNDICATES MUST PAY.' Liberal Party Mar Roxas clarifies his stand on the supposed laglag-bala scheme. Photo by Beth Frondoso/Rappler

Poe’s DNA tests, Roxas on laglag-bala, blood donations | 12PM wRap

Nov 05, 2015 - 12:24 PM

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CCTV cams, no-touch rule in NAIA amid alleged laglag-bala cases

Nov 05, 2015 - 9:03 AM

New rules for airport security personnel new CCTV cameras and better education are among the steps government takes as criticism over the supposed laglag bala scam rise

PRECAUTION. Some passengers wrap their bags with plastic and tape as fear over the supposed laglag-bala scam increases. Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera/Rappler

VLOG: Abaya says alleged 'laglag-bala' incidents are isolated cases

Nov 04, 2015 - 9:38 PM

As of November 2015 close to 1400 cases of intercepted ammunition have been reported in airports all over the country

Roxas on laglag-bala: Bullet carrier has to take responsibility

Nov 04, 2015 - 9:23 PM

The Liberal Party presidential bet says of passengers caught with bullets Kung nagpasok ka ng contraband sa airport paano naging problema ng gobyerno ’yun?

CONTEXT. Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas defends the government over the alleged airport bullet scam during his visit to Isabela province on November 4, 2015. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Should Jun Abaya choose between DOTC and LP?

Nov 04, 2015 - 8:33 PM

DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya says he spends 70 of his time with the department 29 99 with his family and only 01 for the Liberal Party

PRESIDENT'S MAN. DOTC chief and LP Acting President Jun Abaya speaks to reporters at NAIA 3. Photo by Jedwin Llobrera/Rappler

Petilla talks power, ransom demand, US vs China | 6PM wRap

Nov 04, 2015 - 8:11 PM

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Abaya on laglag-bala woes: Review Firearms and Ammunition Act

Nov 04, 2015 - 7:59 PM

There are 1 212 cases of intercepted ammunition at NAIA terminals so far this year

NO PROOF YET. "So far, we have not established any fact to show any syndicate planting [bullets], but any passenger wrongly charged with planted evidence deserves all the attention of the government," DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya says. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz / Rappler

Abaya: Laglag-bala cases 'blown out of proportion'

Nov 04, 2015 - 7:30 PM

From January to November this year 1 394 cases of ammunition found inside bags that enter the airport have been recorded Most of them – more than 700 – happened at NAIA 3

DATA SAYS NO. Transportation Chief Jun Abaya is joined by airport and security chiefs during a press conference on Wednesday, November 4. Photo by Jedwin M. Llobrera/Rappler

Davao City acts to prevent laglag-bala

Nov 04, 2015 - 5:02 PM

Davao City police give tips on how to curb laglag bala modus and airport extortion

NBI on ‘laglag bala,’ mall voting, Taiwan-China relations | 12PM wRap

Nov 04, 2015 - 12:54 PM

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PAO opens hotline for victims of bullet-planting scam

Nov 04, 2015 - 11:51 AM

PAO chief Persida Acosta also says those found guilty of planting bullets in passengers luggage may be criminally charged

FEAR AND ANGER. The alleged bullet-planting scheme in NAIA has drawn widespread anger and concers among travelers. Photo from MIAA

Bam Aquino, Leni Robredo file bills vs 'bullet-planting' scam

Nov 04, 2015 - 9:39 AM

Activities that jeopardize the safety and security of the public are clearly unacceptable says Senator Bam Aquino

LAGLAG-BALA SCHEME. The modus operandi at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport has angered the public and drawn international attention.

'Laglag-bala' probe: Palace looking into bullets as amulets

Nov 03, 2015 - 8:55 PM

Malacañang says the gov t is looking into the possibility that airport passengers are actually carrying bullets in their bags because they consider them as agimat

AMULETS. Malacañang says one angle being considered in the 'laglag-bala' investigation is the possibility of bullets being used as amulets or 'anting-anting'/'agimat' by passengers.

First airport laglag-bala complaint filed with NBI

Nov 03, 2015 - 7:38 PM

The justice department has also ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to form a special task force to probe the incidents at Manila s airport

MODUS OPERANDI. At least 6,000 netizens have expressed support for a petition seeking an investigation and end to this extortion scam at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Ex-cops, soldiers now congressmen: Replace NAIA chief over laglag-bala

Nov 03, 2015 - 4:43 PM

Former law enforcers now in Congress also suggest that inspection officers just release passengers for further investigation if they do not seem like the usual violators

LAGLAG BALA. Saturday group calls for congressional inquiry on the bullet-planting scheme in NAIA.

Alan Cayetano files complaint vs transpo officials over laglag-bala

Nov 03, 2015 - 1:28 PM

The senator says officials should be held accountable for not doing enough to crack down on the scam before it got media attention

COMPLAINT FILED. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano (R) and VACC founder Dante Jimenez (L) file their joint administrative complaint against airport and transportation officials at the office of the Ombudsman in Quezon City on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Duterte vs laglag bala, Poe’s extension, Egypt crash probe | 12PM wRap

Nov 03, 2015 - 12:33 PM

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Duterte vows to lawyer for laglag-bala victims

Nov 02, 2015 - 10:48 PM

The Davao City mayor also appeals to the President from whom he has never asked a favor Please Mr President do something about the laglag bala problem

TIMELINE: Recent cases of alleged bullet scam at NAIA

Nov 02, 2015 - 8:45 PM

Authorities at NAIA have apprehended at least 5 people for allegedly carrying bullets inside their bags A similar incident was also reported at Davao airport

CLIMATE OF FEAR. OFW advocates and lawmakers say alleged scams at NAIA are creating fear among passengers. AFP file photo

PH hunger, disaster funds, Myanmar elections | 6PM wRap

Nov 02, 2015 - 7:53 PM

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Airport police involved in bullet scam? 'Impossible,' says PNP

Nov 02, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Police say Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act punishes people for the possession of illegal items regardless of intent

AIRPORT SCAM? The government – and the Philippine National Police – face criticism anew over a supposed 'tanim-bala' scheme. File photo

40 airport security staff under investigation

Nov 02, 2015 - 4:22 PM

But the Manila International Airport Authority says it wants to give due process to the airport personnel or they would be demoralized

PROBE ONGOING. Airport authorities vow an investigation into the alleged bullet planting scam at the Philippines' premier airport.

Palace: 'Laglag-bala' allegations need to be validated

Nov 02, 2015 - 4:09 PM

We are not being detached What media is reporting is only a few That’s why the President wants to cast a wide net says Aquino s spokesman Edwin Lacierda

VALIDATE. Malacañang says media reports involving 'laglag-bala' incidents should be validated first.

‘Laglag bala’ probe, Roxas’ cabinet, Russian plane crash | 12PM wRap

Nov 02, 2015 - 12:40 PM

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#PugadBaboy: Airport Mandurugers

Nov 02, 2015 - 5:00 AM

Gov't won't tolerate 'laglag bala' – Abaya

Nov 01, 2015 - 1:03 AM

The DOTC says it is studying the structure of aviation security setting up additional CCTVs changing handling procedures and stepping up the investigation on the alleged laglag bala scam

TANIM BALA. 'We have terminated and have filed charges against OTS and MIAA personnel before and will not hesitate to do it at all,' Abaya says

Bullets in luggage again – this time at Davao airport

Oct 30, 2015 - 10:48 PM

The arrest of a passenger allegedly carrying two bullets in his luggage at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City comes after similar cases have been reported in Manila

Palace on 'bullet scam': Airports have help desks

Oct 30, 2015 - 5:27 PM

Malacañang says of the bullet scam that has alarmed OFWs and travelers: There are already officials deployed in airports We have public assistance desks

'PROTECT TRAVELLERS.' More lawmakers call for an investigation and measures to stop the so-called "bullet scam" at the Manila airport. File photo from MIAA

West PH sea, laglag bala scam, Ireland’s gay marriage | 12PM wRap

Oct 30, 2015 - 12:59 PM

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