FOX News anchor and commentator Greta Van Susteren commented on the controversial ‘Laglag Bala’ (or Tanim-Bala) scam happening at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). The American news anchor made her comment on the ‘Off The Record’ segment and posted the video on her official Facebook page this Thursday, November 5, 2015. Watch below.
“The Philippines may get mad at me, but this airport bullet planting scam deserves to be called out!” Greta Van Susteren wrote, who started her video by recalling her comments about Thailand’s handling of radar data in search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 back in March 2014, and called the country as the “lamest country of the day” on her commentary.
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For the Laglag Bala issue here in the Philippines, Van Susteren said her American friend who has a Filipino descent warned her about the scam at NAIA because she knows that she is set to travel overseas next week. Later, she mentioned some significant details about it.
“There are reports that at the Manila international airport, international travelers, as many as 30 in the last 12 months, five of those in just the last two weeks are being targeted by Filipino airport security officials who plant live ammunition in their luggage and then bust the international traveler for having bullets in his bag, even holding some passengers for days telling them they can pay a fine or sit in the slammer facing charges.
This scam is all part of a plot to extort money out of the international traveler…Yes, I know what you’re thinking: what is wrong with some people? My answer? I just don’t know.”
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WATCH: The Philippines may get mad at me, but this airport bullet planting scam deserves to be called out! [please like my facebook page Greta Van Susteren for updates on this story, share this post, and comment below the video]
Posted by Greta Van Susteren on Wednesday, November 4, 2015
And although this seems to be bad news as this issue is now known internationally, just like many Filipino netizens commented on her video, we at TN believe that we should not be mad at Greta Van Susteren. First, it’s her obligation to warn fellow Americans who plan to travel here in the Philippines. Second, she did not use nasty words during her entire commentary.
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Sad to say, this on-going Laglag Bala scam at NAIA was also featured in Hong Kong news and in a Japanese TV show. Apparently, some politicians are using this issue hoping to get attention in the 2016 election. Initial investigations of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) appears to suggest that there could be a syndicate behind all of these incidents.