Via Inquirer News: MARIA Paz Triaz needed no prodding from anyone to reveal to authorities her traumatic experience as a victim of a “tanim-bala” (bullet-planting) scam at the airport last week on her way to Singapore to accompany her cancer-stricken grandmother for a medical checkup.
The 34-year-old housewife Tuesday went to the National Bureau of Investigation to recount how a bullet was purportedly planted in her backpack on Oct. 27 and how authorities told her, when she vehemently denied owning it, to sign a document saying that she carried it as an amulet and would be able to board her flight.
Triaz, her grandmother, mother and uncle then proceeded to Singapore and returned four days later.
The incident involving the Triaz family happened amid a national and international outrage over travelers claiming that bullets had been planted in their luggage at the country’s airports as part of an extortion scheme.
The smart-looking housewife, in expensive clothes and wearing jewelry, said going to the NBI was an “enlightened decision.”
“I have to come forward despite the fact that I was not detained after I signed a document that it was an amulet,” Triaz said in an interview at the NBI headquarters.
“My mother convinced me that to allow and ignore what happened to me and my family at Terminal 3 of Naia in the morning of Oct. 27 was like tolerating the illegal activities of these airport personnel,” said Triaz, who added she and her grandmother were accompanied by an uncle and her mother in the Singapore trip.
“Until now my cancer-stricken grandmother could not be comforted due to the traumatic experience of the thought that I could go to jail,” Triaz said.