The “Laglag Bala” scam has everyone on the fritz and afraid to travel and set foot in NAIA. While many thought the scam was over after a few officials were apprehended a few weeks ago, it seems that it’s just getting worse. Passengers – both local and foreign – are no longer sure who to trust as the people who are supposed to help us are also the suspects in the whole scam. However, one passenger had a different experience when the cab he took allegedly planted a bullet in his luggage.
Read Julius H.‘s narration of his friend’s experience below:
“Mag ingat po sa vigil taxi na nasa pic ang plate no. Kagabi lang oct.29, muntik ng madali ang kasamahan kong seaman papuntang NAIA, buti napansin nya na may nilagay ang driver sa bag nya. Nagtxt sakin kung anong gawin nya, nag advise ako na wag ng tumuloy sa airport dumaan nalang sa boarding house ko. Pagdating nya, pinababa ko at pinagsabihan yung driver pero sya pa matapang, ng binuksan namin yung bag may bala ng 38cal. nakita. Iwas gulo dahil may hinahabol na international flight yung kasamahan ko pinasakay ko nalng ng ibang taxi at ako nalang nagreport sa pulis at ltfrb. Sa mga ofw po ingat tayo sa taxi palng my kalokohan na hwag hayaan ang bagahe pabuhat sa driver na hndi nyo nakikita.
Rough English Translation:
“Beware of Vigil Taxi with the plate number on the photo below. Just last night, October 29, my fellow seaman was almost victimized on his way to NAIA. Luckily he noticed that the driver placed something in his luggage. He immediately texted me and asked what to do. I advised him not to go to the airport and instead drop by my boarding house. When he arrived, he spoke to the driver who was a bit arrogant. When we opened my friend’s luggage, that’s when we saw the 38 cal. bullet. To refrain from starting up a fight, and also because my friend had an international flight to catch, I just suggested that he grab another cab as I reported the incident to the police and LTFRB. To my fellow OFW, please be cautious. Who would’ve thought that this would come from the cab driver. Be careful and don’t let the driver handle your belongings.“
Yikes! A lot of us are familiar with the scam happening in NAIA, but finding out that it starts in the cab makes it even scarier. We do hope the proper authorities look into this.
What do you think of this?