MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Yesterday, we reported that the Philippine government has approved the importation of 500 tons of plastic wrap in order to meet the demand resulting from the laglag bala scheme whereby bullets are allegedly being planted in bags of unsuspecting passengers going through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for purposes of extortion.
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Many passengers, unable to procure plastic wrap to protect their luggage from being targeted by the schemers, are turning to aluminum foil which is plenty in supply from local supermarkets and other retailers in Metro Manila.
But these passengers only end up in frustration upon arriving at NAIA to be told that aluminum foil cannot be used to wrap their bags because it is against airport security regulations.
Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Jose Angel Honrado said that x-ray cameras cannot see through aluminum foil and won’t be able to detect bullets, illegal substances and other prohibited items.
Honrado warned that bags wrapped in aluminum foil will be confiscated and will not be allowed on board any departing aircraft.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Supermarkets and retailers in the Philippines are reporting a severe shortage of plastic wrap as a result of recent reports that incoming and outgoing airline passengers at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) are being held and charged for alleged bullets found in their luggage.
Known as laglag bala (bullet drop) or tanim bala (planted bullet), the airport scheme involves passengers being questioned and detained by airport security for having bullets in their luggage. It is widely believed that the bullets are “planted” by airport personnel as a way to extort money from unsuspecting passengers.
As a result, many passengers are taking the precaution of securing their luggage from the scheme by wrapping their bags with plastic wrap. It has created an unusual demand for the plastic item.
Some passengers are taking no chances. They’re not only wrapping their bags with plastic wrap. They are also wrapping themselves, just to be on the safe side.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Manila will see a new international airport in 2035, according to Philippine government officials. It will be named NAIA, not to be confused with the existing NAIA.
The existing international airport is named after the late Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr., who was gunned down in 1983 upon his arrival at the Manila airport after years of exile in the U.S.
NAIA stands for “Ninoy Aquino International Airport.”
The future airport will also be called NAIA but is named after Senator Aquino’s son, NoyNoy, the Philippines’ current president.
The new NAIA stands for “NoyNoy Aquino International Airport.”
In order to avoid confusion among pilots, airlines and travelers, the existing airport will be named NAIA-1 while the new airport will be called NAIA-2.
Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said that the decision to name the new airport after NoyNoy Aquino is to memorialize his 6-year term as president during which his administration pursued a noble path of Matuwid na Daan (Straight Path), his battle cry against graft and corruption.
The government is eyeing two potential sites for the new airport: Sangley Point in Cavite or reclaimed land in Manila Bay.
A study conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) showed the Philippines would have to shell out P436 billion to build the new airport.