Laglag Droga Scam: More Scams Threaten Travelers in Philippine Airports

The “Laglag Bala” scam is pathetic and ridiculous, but unfortunately, instead of stopping this nonsense, airport officials have allegedly opted to take it up a notch and plant something else… drugs!

Read Sheryll Tiangco’s story below:

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“BEWARE!!! And please share… it could save you and your loved ones.
The trend now is the ‘laglag bala’ or ‘tanim bala’. But seems like there’s something new happening at our airport. My brother messaged me thinking am flying back to Manila as he was on his way to the airport with his friend’s mom. Apparently, his friend landed from Boracay and were sniffed by a dog for drugs! Their modus upon arrival, he was welcomed and a necklace of flowers were put around his neck (with gloves). And by then, you are already contaminated with drugs. He said another way was someone will shake your hand to welcome you (again with gloves). So be very careful!
So when they arrived at the airport (security office), his friend was already detained. Officials were asking for 3k to avoid the inconvenience because they threatened he could be charged as a drug mule or drug carrier. So obviously the mom was so furious and challenged to see the CCTV and for a drug test (which he eventually had and of course was tested negative). After all the hassle, extortion from the airport officials and the mom’s conviction that her son’s innocent… he was released.
Our officials are really evil and will do anything to extort money… not even thinking of the welfare of other people! So disgusting!”


Just like Sheryll, we too are very much annoyed and disgusted with how things are going in NAIA. Here are some of the things other people had to say after reading Sheryll’s story:

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Though there have yet to be more stories to surface regarding this scam, let this serve as an extra warning to anyone traveling to and from the Philippines. We love this country, and we hope someone does something about all this scams soon.

What do you guys think of this?