Leni Robredo files
measure vs 'Tanim Bala'
By Sammy F. Martin
MANILA, Nov. 3 (PNA) -- In an effort to eradicate the "Tanim Bala" scam
hounding the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), a lawmaker has filed
a measure to decriminalize the mere possession on Tuesday of not more than
Vice presidential candidate and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo filed House
Bill 6245, otherwise known as Iwas Tanim Bala Bill, which aims to put an end
to the Tanim Bala modus operandi, safeguarding passengers in NAIA from
harassment and extortion.
"Let's stop this scam and ensure the safety and well being the passengers in
NAIA," she said.
Robredo made the move after a number of passengers have been arrested in
NAIA for possession of bullets in their luggage.
Those arrested were not allowed to board their flights, thus, preventing
them from reaching their destination. According to news reports, these
arrests are part of a scheme done by Airport staff to extort money from
passengers in the airport.
"This scam has affected a number of our countrymen and foreigners who were
on their way to another country or to other places in the Philippines,"
According to Robredo, aside from extortion, it also abridges our
constitutionally guaranteed right to freely travel by preventing passengers
from catching their flights and damages reputation of the Philippines since
several of the victims have been foreign tourists who were in the country
for their vacations.
"Further occurrences of the Tanim Bala scam will severely hamper our efforts
to bolster tourism since NAIA is the gateway to the country," Robredo said.
A counterpart measure in the Senate has been filed by Sen. Bam Aquino. (PNA)