MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The government of Philippines President NoyNoy Aquino has confirmed that it will be importing 500 tons (one million pounds) of plastic wrap from various international sources to keep up with increasing demand for the product at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport ( NAIA).
NAIA has been in the headlines recently because of a scheme called laglag bala or tanim bala in which incoming and outgoing passengers at are being questioned and detained for bullets found in their luggage as they pass through airport security. It is alleged that the bullets are being planted by airport personnel with the intent of extorting money from the unsuspecting passengers.
Passengers have resorted to wrapping their checked-in and carry-on luggage with plastic as a way of securing them from airport schemers.
Some 33 Million passengers go through NAIA each year. With such high volume of passengers, local manufacturers of plastic wrap just can’t keep up with the increased demand.
Plastic wrap imports from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Japan are expected to start arriving in the next two weeks, just in time for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit Meeting to be held in Manila.