Palace: NBI conducting
own probe into ‘bullet-planting’ scam
By Leslie D.
MANILA, Nov. 6 (PNA) -- Malacañang on Friday said the National Bureau of
Investigation (NBI) is now looking deeper into the proliferation of alleged
‘bullet-planting’ incidents at Manila airport and determine whether there
are groups behind the scam.
“The NBI has always proceeded on any investigation with an open mind so all
avenues will be considered,” said Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail
Valte in a Palace press briefing.
The Department of Justice-formed seven-man NBI task force has been given 15
days within which to submit its findings.
Valte noted that investigations are being conducted as the government also
undertakes concrete steps in addressing the alleged ‘bullet-planting’ scam
against passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
She said these measures include the installation of closed circuit
television (CCTV) system at the NAIA and the implementation of no-touch
policy among bag inspectors.
“Ke isa po ‘yan, ke dalawa, ke tatlo or point-zero-one percent—kung ano po
man ‘yung percentage—it is enough that there is one person that is unfairly
accused of a crime that he or she did not commit,” the Palace official
The ‘bullet planting’ incidents at the NAIA allegedly involves some airport
security personnel putting live ammunition in passengers’ luggage in order
to extort money from them. (PNA)