Over the past few weeks, numerous air passengers particularly overseas Filipino workers had fallen prey to the tanim bala or bullet planting scam in various Philippine airports.
On his Facebook account, Lance posted photos of him and his unique baggage.
Instead of protecting his baggage with padlocks or plastic wrappers, Lance decided to embellish it with a photo of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte with the text: “Ipapakain ko sa inyo iyang bala.”
His hilarious but brilliant post earned raves from Facebook users amassing more than 15,000 likes and almost 10,000 shares.
Several netizens commended Lance for coming up with a clever solution to the extortion scheme.
Netizen Sheng Villavende commented: “Ewan ko nalang kung tataniman pa luggage mo niyan ..dahil yang mukha nasa luggage mo ang magtatanim sa ulo ng mga sindakatong nagtatanim ng bala.. haha #JUSTDUIT”
Do you think Lance’s solution will work?
How to Avoid Falling Prey to Tanim Bala Scheme
From January to November 2015, the Philippine National Police-Aviation Security Group (PNP-AVSeG) had documented 30 reported cases of the tanim bala, while the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) registered five reported cases during the past two weeks.
To avoid being framed for possession of live ammunition in airports, Joseph Plazo of Plazo Associates Law shared some tips with CNN.
- Use hard-case luggage sealed with heavy-duty padlock. Also, don’t use luggage with external pockets.
- Wrap your entire bag with a cling wrap.
- Let the officials inspect your bag only in the presence of a lawyer, the official’s supervisor, and witnesses.
- Insist your right to remain silent.
- Know your legal rights.