03 Nov A Bigger ‘Raket’ in NAIA

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JUAN SAYS: May bagong raket sa NAIA! This is just so brilliant! After hounding us with the “Laglag Bala” problems, NAIA offers this solution: for P160 PER BAG, you can have it wrapped and sealed and make it “bullet proof.” While many passengers would opt to pay this amount than to go through the hassle and trauma of being victimized by scrupulous NAIA officials, we think that this is even a bigger racket to extort money than the “Laglag Bala” scheme. How many passengers would have their bags wrapped? How many bags per passenger? You do the math. Instead of putting a stop to scumbags, we offer a bigger money making scheme from bigger scumbags! Kailan? Kailan ba palulunukin ng bala ang mga hinayupak na yan?!
 
Seriously, if the government has mustered the courage to intervene, if NAIA officials had the balls to side with the riding public and put an end to this, we wouldn’t be needing to have our bags wrapped for a few hundreds of pesos. Why penalize the riding public when all they want is to get to their destination and be with their families, or visit a new place, or work in another country (where they remit dollars in taxes to pay for your salaries)? Why? Why are we doing this?
 
Report from Philstar.com
 
MANILA, Philippines – Extortion scheme or not, the alleged laglag-bala (bullet-planting) operation at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has become a boon for one of the money earners in the nation’s principal gateway: wrapping of luggage in plastic.
 
Since the scandal erupted, more passengers have been having their bags wrapped tight to prevent pilferage and tampering.
 
Whatever the size of the luggage, the cost of plastic wrapping at the NAIA Terminal 3 is P160 per bag.
 
Plastic wrapping service started at the NAIA Terminal 1 when Alfonso Cusi was the airport manager, but there were few takers.
 
The plastic wrapping stall at NAIA 1 was closed for unknown reasons, according to NAIA 3 manager Octavio Lina.
 
When the alleged laglag-bala cases were recently exposed, plastic wrapping became a lucrative business at the NAIA Terminal 3.
 
Now, more passengers at NAIA 3 on international or domestic flights use the wrapping service, a clerk who requested not to be identified said.
 
“When the news broke out about the scam, several passengers spend more than a hundred pesos for their luggage because they believe it is safer than without plastic wrap,” the clerk added.
 
Some overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who want to save money just use packaging tape to wrap their luggage before entering the airport.
 
 

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