The Aviation Security Group (Avsegroup) of the Philippine National Police on Wednesday said at least 89 of their police officers have been reassigned, citing discrepancy in apprehensions made over alleged bullet-planting incidents at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
According to the Avsegroup director, Chief Supt. Pablo Francisco Balagtas, out of the 89 police officers, 12 have been recalled to their headquarters pending result of investigation of such incidents.
Balagtas disclosed that the Avsegroup reported only 51 apprehensions, compared to the 1,212 cases reported by the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) from January to September this year.
The reassignment of the 89 policemen meant to implement corrective measures adopted by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and the Avsegroup to resolve the alleged bullet-planting scam at major airport terminals, the Avsegroup said.
A total of 1,394 cases of bullet interceptions in 20 of the country’s airports has been reported by the OTS, of which 1,212 happened in NAIA terminals.
Despite relentless warnings by airport authorities against illegal items, passengers who allegedly possess bullets when they enter the terminals continue to be arrested.
The MIAA has displayed tarpaulins listing items that are banned in the country’s airports and installed security cubicles to remind passengers to clear their belongings of prohibited items to avoid inconvenience.