MANILA, Philippines – A Philippine Airlines passenger from Hawaii, the United States, was arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 on Sunday evening, April 6, after customs officers detected that he was carrying bullets.
Jefferson Garalde, a Filipino, arrived at 6:30 pm on board Flight PR 101 from Honolulu, where he got 16 pieces of 9-mm bullets past airport officials.
The ammunition was, however, detected by at the NAIA “when his luggage passed the x-ray machine,” said Verne Enciso, officer-in-charge of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service at NAIA, in a report.
“Accordingly someone in Honolulu requested him to bring the package and it turned out there were ammunition in the package,” Enciso reported.
The passenger Enciso said the passenger was turned over to NAIA-PNP (Philippine National Police) for further investigation.
The customs bureau said passengers who want to slip in guns and ammunition try to get past the screening at NAIA by placing them in their carry bags, pocketbooks, and briefcases. – Rappler.com