Bullet in the bag scam seems to be an ongoing problem in the Philippines. Primarily at the NAIA airport in Manila, although occurances of a similar nature have happened in Davao. But I am sure it will be dealt with far more severly there than Manila.
It involves a bullet(s) being placed in passengers bags in what seems to be a scam for cash. Where people are being asked for money to be left off with having a bullet in their bag. Which is allegedly already placed in there by a gang operating at the airport. I question what “gang” means as they would have to be airport staff and security to get access to luggage but also to be in a position of power to extort money.
The biggest concern for myself is its on the increase. Even with media coverage it doesn’t seem to be discouraging the criminals. I strongly advise if you don’t need to go to Manila airport go via another route. I know many people will say they haven’t had any hassles before. An American Missionary spent 6 days detained who no doubt felt the same way. Going via other airports shows a silent protest in the hope that someone may also actually do something to reverse the trend.
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