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Canuck Joe

My wife wonders why I dislike the Philippines,

 

I showed her these articles and her response was along these lines,

 

I was talking to my family last night and they know nothing about it

so it must not be true.

 

Now I love my wife dearly, But it is this head in sand attitude that really

gets on my goat :(

 

So many live in a world of denial :(

Nationalistic pride, it's programed, some countries worse than others. Add Asian pride/shame to that.

My wife is coming around lol...and i could care less what piece of dirt I happened to be spawned on.

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Couldn't be a better example of  stupidity. Where do they find these folks? With international news organizations picking up the story, tourists will stay away in droves. Couldn't be a better reason t

My wife wonders why I dislike the Philippines,    I showed her these articles and her response was along these lines,   I was talking to my family last night and they know nothing about it so it

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Well one of the bullets may land in your carry-on side pocket

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4 charged for bullets found in their baggage ordered released

 

 

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/738097/4-charged-for-bullets-found-in-their-baggage-ordered-released

03:20 PM November 9th, 2015

The Pasay City Prosecutors Office has ordered the release for further investigation of four individuals charged for bullets allegedly found in their baggage at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia).
In four separate resolutions approved by City Prosecutor Nolasco Fernandez Jr., ordered release were Rufina Cruz, Mildred Bitog, Ma. Josephine Rabano, and Shine Enola.
“After a review of the evidence during inquest, the [prosecutor] finds no probable cause to charge the respondent for illegal possession of ammunition,” the resolution stated.

Under Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act, to determine if the bullet recovered from the respondents is an ammunition, there is a need to subject it to a ballistic examination.
“The evidence submitted during inquest lacks such a finding or certification from the proper government agency which is vital to determine if respondent violated the firearms and ammunitions law,” the resolution stated.
“In view of such lacking piece of evidence, there is a need to subject the case for further investigation in a preliminary investigation to determine her culpability, if any,” the resolution further stated. AU

 

 

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As  I read it, they are released on a technicality

but charges not dropped ?

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As  I read it, they are released on a technicality

but charges not dropped ?

 

That's what I infer from the "more investigation needed" quote.

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oztony

That's what I infer from the "more investigation needed" quote.

 

It's gonna be a more likely "defer" , because the jig is up.. :db:

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It's gonna be a more likely "defer" , because the jig is up.. :db:

Its the PI  so may not be as cut and dried as one would suppose :idontknow:

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PAO gets 12 ‘tanim-bala’ suspects freed

 

 http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/738234/pao-gets-12-tanim-bala-suspects-freed

03:23 AM November 10th, 2015

 

 

THE PUBLIC Attorney’s Office (PAO) under the Department of Justice has secured the release of 12 alleged “tanim-bala” (bullet-planting) suspects who had been charged by the police after bullets were found in their bags at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia).
PAO chief Persida Rueda-Acosta identified four of the suspects released from police custody over the weekend as Rufina Cruz of Angeles City, Pampanga; Mildred Bitog of Bacolod City; Ma. Josephin Rabano of Batangas City, and Shine Enola of Quezon City.
Earlier released through the efforts of the PAO were Melody Valdez of Pozzorubio, Pangasinan; Marlou Espanola of Bacolod City; Rowena Otic of Nueva Ecija; Milagros Cadiente of Pasay City; Rey Salado of Cagayan de Oro City; Ryan Rosales of San Mateo, Rizal; Santiago Peñaflorida of Iloilo City, and Gloria Ortinez of Paoay, Ilocos Norte.

According to Acosta, the inquest prosecutors of Pasay released Cruz, Bitog, Rabano and Enola “for further investigation” because the Philippine National Police-Aviation Security Group operatives who arrested them failed to attach ballistic reports to the complaints.
The inquest prosecutors noted that under Republic Act No. 10591, or the 2013 Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act, ammunition is defined as “a complete unfired unit consisting of a bullet, gunpowder, cartridge case and primer or loaded shell for use in any firearm.”
“In order to determine if the ammunition recovered from respondent is such, there is a need to submit the same to the proper government agency for ballistic examination. Absent the ballistic findings, respondent cannot be charged in court for violation of RA 10591,” prosecutor Josefina Muego ruled in the case of Enola.
The cases against the suspects, however, may be reinstated via preliminary investigation should the police obtain the required ballistic reports.
A .45-cal. bullet was found in the side pocket of Enola’s sling bag by the X-ray operator when Enola arrived accompanying a passenger at Naia Terminal 3 last week.
Meanwhile, former labor undersecretary and migrant workers advocate Susan Ople called on the DOJ to completely withdraw the illegal possession of ammunition case filed against Ortinez so she could return to her job as a household service worker in Hong Kong.
“Nanay Gloria is very scared to set foot in our airport. But she has no choice because if she stays here any longer, her employer who is a single mom might change her mind about taking her back. We wish there would be no trouble when Nanay Gloria leaves for Hong Kong,” she said.
As this developed, two men were separately arrested at the Manila north harbor terminal over the weekend for alleged illegal possession of live bullets.
Luisito Solitario, 45, and Dean Daryl Ingcong, 21, are detained at the Philippine Ports Authority office at Pier 8 while awaiting the resolution of their cases filed in the Manila City Prosecutor’s Office.
Solitario, a painter by profession, was arrested at the passenger terminal complex at Pier 4 about 6 a.m. on Sunday.
He was bound for Cebu when X-ray operator Rodolfo Bade Jr. allegedly saw the silhouette of a bullet in his duffel bag.
In his sworn affidavit, Bade said Solitario personally took his bag for the X-ray examination.
When the bag was checked in front of the port police, a live 9-mm bullet was found.
This happened less than 24 hours after a live .38-cal. bullet was found in Ingcong’s bag.
Ingcong, a security guard, allegedly “did not answer” when X-ray operator Richard Cayme told him there was a bullet in his bag.
“Mr. Cayme alleged that he asked the passengers at the X-ray screening who the owner of the bag was and… Ingcong approached him and claimed ownership of the bag. Mr. Cayme then told him ‘may bala yan’ (there’s a bullet) but the suspect didn’t reply,” Chief Insp. Dan Alano said in his affidavit of apprehension and complaint.
When Cayme unzipped the right side pocket of Ingcong’s bag, they saw a holster, handcuff holder, belt keeper, duty belt, rosary and ammunition holder with one .38-cal. live bullet.
Meanwhile, the labor committee chair of the House of Representatives Monday denounced alleged attempts by the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) to suppress media coverage of the bullet-planting racket.
Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles cited complaints by airport reporters about the new restrictions to their access at naia Terminal 3 purportedly on orders of Miaa General Manager Jose Angel Honrado.
The Naia Press Corps led by broadcaster 

Raoul Esperas “is up in arms against this new restriction.

 


 
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Well just as they are freeing them , obviously the bag boys and the screening staff are not quite prepared to give up on this money maker just yet , another caught yesterday;

 

http://news5.com.ph/top/D563CA8788D6445/1003/miaa-maglalagay-ng-inspection-table-sa-labas-ng-mga-gate-ng-naia

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What a bunch of face saving BS. They can't just say these innocent people were scammed, let them go. No, they have to find some moronic loophole in order to let them out. Granted, if I were one of the scammed I'd be quite happy to be out but why can't they just admit they have a problem? So they let this group out because a ballistics test wasn't done on the bullets (I guess to see if they would actually fire) and now what happens when the next batch of scammed folks comes in and they do do the ballistics test? Is there another loophole for them?

 

I can understand the need for the ammunition ban but they need to figure something else out here.

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Senate to begin ‘tanim-bala’ probe; Abaya among resource persons

 

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/738372/senate-to-begin-tanim-bala-probe-abaya-among-resource-persons

01:44 PM November 10th, 2015

 

 

The Senate is set to start this week its investigation into the reported proliferation of “tanim-bala” scam in the country with airport officials and Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya invited as resource persons.
The hearing will be conducted jointly by the Senate committee on public services headed by its acting chairman, Senator Sergio “Serge” Osmeña III and the Senate blue ribbon committee being headed by Senator Teofisto Guingona III.
“We hope [to begin the investigation] this Thursday,” Osmeña told reporters on Tuesday.

READ: DOTC’s Joseph Emilio Abaya in Senate for MRT-LRT probe | Airport scam victims not just numbers, Abaya told
Aside from Abaya , Osmeña said Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Jose Angel Honrado, and Philippine National Police-Aviation Security Group (PNP-Avsegroup) Director Pablo Francisco Balagtas will be among those who will be invited to face the Senate probe.
“We’re trying to get the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) report if it will be ready. We’re trying to invite those who have been arrested but have since been released. And then we want to have their stories on record,” he said.
“Naawa ako lalong-lalo na sa mga OFWs [overseas Filipino workers] na navi-victimize ng sindikato na ito . (I feel bad for the overseas Filipino workers who are being victimized by this syndicate.) And we want it exposed and we want to put pressure on those who are responsible for allowing this to happen, wittingly or unwittingly, this has been going on too long and nobody has been arrested. They are arresting the ones who are the victims,” the senator added.
Asked if he also believed that the scam was being perpetrated by a syndicate, Osmeña categorically answered in the affirmative.
“Yes, I believe it has to be done by a syndicate because there are those who will plant the bullets, then later on a different person collects the money…” he pointed out.
READ: DOTC Sec. Abaya plays down resignation calls
Asked again if Abaya should resign for his failure to solve the problem in the airport, Osmeña said: “He should have resigned a long time ago, but what can I do? KKK.”
The KKK that he was referring to was the so-called “kabarkada, kabarilan at kaklase” of President Benigno Aquino III who were appointed in his Cabinet.
Osmeña had long been calling for Abaya’s resignation even before this new scam at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. CDG

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what is with the 1 bullet ... no gun bullet worthless ....but sure is easier to find then one joint

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