MANILA (Mabuhay) – Two more people were caught with bullets in their possession at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Friday morning, data from the Philippine National Police-Aviation Security Group showed.
According to memorandums signed by Terminal 3 Police Inspector Angelie Engcot and Terminal 4 Police Chief Inspector Adriano Junio, the two were passengers headed for separate destinations.
One of the passengers was caught at Terminal 3 on her way to Hong Kong.
She was stopped at the departure area when a screener saw a dark shape resembling a bullet inside her black and brown shoulder bag at 3 a.m.
When she was made to open the bag, she and the responding officers found a 5.56 caliber bullet.
According to an officer who requested anonymity, the 27-year-old woman called her sister after the discovery as they’ve swapped bags before the trip.
The sister informed her that the bullet was her anting-anting and that she thought it went missing after it slipped inside a tear in the inner lining of the bag.
Officers said the woman, an Itogon, Benguet resident, was a tourist and not an overseas worker.
Meanwhile, a man headed for Puerto Princesa with a female companion was also intercepted at 2:15 a.m. for possessing a bullet.
He was stopped the initial screening checkpoint of Terminal 4 and was asked to empty the contents of his red shoulder bag after a bullet-like shape was seen in it.
When the contents of the bag had been divulged, a piece of live .45 caliber ammunition was found glued in the inner pocket of the bag.
The 27-year-old confided with police that he had a license for his bullet and other paraphernalia left at home.
However, he was still taken in for inquesting because he failed to present his firearm license and permit tocarry firearms outside residence.
Later, in an informal conversation with an officer, the man from Isabela said his papers were expired.
They underwent medical examinations after police read their rights and will undergo inquest procedures at the Pasay City fiscal office this afternoon. (MNS)