• PNP to conduct lifestyle check on ‘extortionists’

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    THE Philippine National Police will conduct a lifestyle check on some members of the PNP Aviation Security Group who were assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at the height of the controversy generated by tanim-bala (bullet-planting) incidents there.

    The PNP chief, Director General Ricardo Marquez, told reporters in a chance interview in Camp Crame on Thursday that the lifestyle check to be conducted by the police would help clear public perception that police officers were involved in the incidents.

    “A lifestyle check is an option and it’s part of the investigation perspective that the PNP is seriously looking at right now,” Marquez said.

    He added that they are investigating their own personnel who had been linked to the alleged planting of bullets in the baggage of airline passengers arriving at or departing from NAIA.

    Marquez said they requested from the Office of Transportation Security (OTS) some documents after reports said some police officers were involved in the bullet-planting cum extortion racket.

    The Aviation Security Group earlier claimed that none of its personnel was involved in such alleged racket.

    The spokesman for the group, Supt. Jeanne Panisan, also earlier told reporters that they have no part in checking bags and luggage of arriving and departing airline passengers at the country’s premier airport.

    “We are not tasked to inspect the luggage of travelers… we don’t put luggage in the X-ray machine. That is the task of airport screeners. And we’re called only by the OTS if a passenger is found to be carrying bullets and other contraband,” Panisan said.

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