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Taiwanese travelers urged to stay calm amid bullet scam in Philippines

Taiwanese travelers urged to stay calm amid bullet scam in Philippines

Taipei, Nov. 10 (CNA) Amid recent reports of a bullet-planting scandal at an international airport in the Philippines, Taiwanese travelers to the Southeast Asian country have been urged to remain calm if they fall victim to similar scams. Roget Hsu (???), a travel industry veteran and former secretary-general of Taiwan's Travel Agent Association, said that he heard of similar cases about 20 years ago and advised travelers to remain calm in the event that they fall victim to such scams. It would be safer to pay the money demanded by con artists to avoid getting stuck, Hsu said, adding that people should also collect any evidence they can at the same time and make a report to the Philippine authorities afterwards. He also urged travelers never to agree to carry items or luggage for strangers at airports. Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III has ordered a thorough investigation into the alleged bullet-planting scam at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. At least nine travelers, including some from the United States and Japan, are said to have been targets of an extortion scam involving security staff planting bullets in their luggage over the past two months, according to a report by Philippine media ABS-CBN. Travelers were then told to pay a fee to persuade staff to "turn a blind" eye, as it is illegal in the Philippines to possess live ammunition. Some of them paid the money and were able to leave the airport safe and sound, while there have been cases in which travelers have been detained for several days, it reported. The scam at Manila's international airport has created an atmosphere of fear among travelers to the Philippines. Amid the scandal, many travelers have been taking precautionary measures, such as sealing their bags with plastic or wrapping their luggage with masking tape. Given an approaching general election in the Philippines, some have not ruled out the possibility that the scam is a gimmick aimed at smearing the Aquino administration. (By Chen Wei-ting, Emerson Lim and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-22 04:44 GMT+08:00