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Top Ten Things You Can Do To Avoid Being Victimized By Laglag Bala At Manila’s NAIA Airport

imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – You would hope that the extortion sheme ‘Laglag Bala’ at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is a thing of the past. Unfortunately, more incidents where unsuspecting passengers are questioned and detained for discovery of live bullets in their luggage — “planted” by scheming airport personnel — have surfaced.

In the interest of public service, The Adobo Chronicles is issuing these Ten Guidelines that local and international travelers passing through NAIA can consider in order to avoid being victimized by the extortion scheme. You’re welcome!

1. Make sure your check-in luggage is locked. If traveling to the U.S., choose a lock or luggage that is TSA-approved (which means the TSA can still open it for inspection using a master key).
2. If at all possible, don’t travel with a carry-on bag.
3. If you absolutely have to have a carry-on bag, choose one that does not have zippers and outside pockets.
4. If your carry-on bag is singled out for manual inspection, demand that YOU open the bag yourself.
5. If airport personnel insist that THEY open your bag, be ready to take a video of the proceedings with your smart phone.
6. Place a business card of your attorney on your luggage tag. Make sure the card uses BOLD fonts, especially the word “ATTORNEY.”
7. Avoid using designer carry-on bags. They invite interest among inspectors. Instead, use a bayong or some other cheap bags, perhaps even a re-usable grocery bag from Safeway.
8. Place one of the following inside your carry-on bag: durian, bagoong, daing na bangus, or kimchee. Any of these items will surely repel the inspector with the foul smell, eventually choosing not to inspect your bag.
9. Place an activated mouse-trap inside your carry-on bag. That will give the scheming inspector a painful lesson.
10. If all else fails, just enjoy the experience. Be thankful for an extended stay in the Philippines, with free board and lodging — inside the prison cell.

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What Mayor Rod Duterte Plans To Do With NAIA If Elected President

imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Laglag bala, brownouts, collapsed ceilings, flooding, non-functioning airconditioning units, lost luggage, extortion,  you name it.  The Filipinos and international travelers visiting Manila have had it with the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the world’s worst airport according to many travel surveys.

Well, so has presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Today, Duterte made the biggest and most popular promise in his campaign.

“On my first day in office, I will rename NAIA back to Manila International Airport, because international pilots have a hard time saying the name when communicating with air traffic control.”

“Secondly, I will fire ALL airport personnel starting with Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Jose Angel Honrado.  He’ll be a gonner!”

“Next, I will ask all fired employees except Honrado to reapply, but only after going through a lie-detector test.  Only those who pass the test will be considered for re-employment.  There will only be one question in the test: have you ever done any hocus-pocus while employed at NAIA?”

Minutes after he made this campaign promise, Duterte’s national poll ratings shot up to 98%, assuring him of a landslide victory in the May 9, 2016 Philippine elections.

Hail the new president!

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Manila’s NAIA Wants To Regain Its Title As World’s Worst Airport

imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – From 2011 to 2013, Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) topped the list of the world’s worst airports as compiled by an international travel website. Now, NAIA is desperate to regain that title and is doing all it can to make it happen.

Late last year, NAIA made headlines because of laglag bala (bullet drop), a scheme in which unscrupulous airport personnel plant live bullets into the luggage and bags of unsuspecting passengers for the purpose of extorting money.

The latest scheme, as reported by The Inquirer, is called laglag kisame (ceiling drop) in which portions of the airport’s passenger terminal ceiling collapse without warning.

The latest incident involved the collapse of a portion of the ceiling of a restaurant inside Terminal 3, causing injury to an American passenger, Day Adam Warner.

Similar mishaps happened inTerminal 2 in December 2012, where a Hong Kong-bound passenger was injured; and inTerminal 1 in February 2014. In addition, many passengers  have complained of leaking ceilings, collapsed floors, malfunctioning equipment, congestion, dilapidated facilities, rude or corrupt personnel and several airport taxi scams.

Following the latest incident, the U.S. State Department has issued a travel advisory asking American citizens flying in or out of NAIA to wear protective hard hats to ensure their safety while inside the airport terminal.