DOJ HOLDS INQUEST PROCEEDING ON ANOTHER ‘TANIM-BALA’ SCAM VICTIM AT NAIA

MANILA — The Department of Justice (DOJ) conducted on Wednesday an inquest proceeding on another victim of an alleged “tanim-bala” (bullet-planting) scam at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Accompanied by a lawyer from the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), Joseph Ocaciones, a Filipino-American citizen and the latest alleged victim of tanim-bala at the NAIA, was brought to the DOJ to undergo inquest proceeding.

Ocaciones claimed that he was about to leave for the United States on Tuesday evening, but when he alighted from the vehicle at the NAIA Terminal 2, he was immediately fetched by two porters who helped him in carrying his baggage because he was with his five-year-old son during the travel.

When passing through the first baggage X-ray machine, a bullet was found in the side pocket of his bag which was first carried by a porter.

Ocaciones was surprised on how a bullet was found in his bag since he is not into shooting sports. He said that he came to the Philippines to play golf.

During the inquest proceedings conducted by the DOJ-National Prosecution Service Task Force Tanim-Bala headed by Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Theodore Villanueva, the complaint against Ocaciones was immediately dismissed for lack of probable cause for the case of violation of Republic Act No. 10591, or the “Comprehensive Law on Firearm and Ammunition Regulation Act.” PNA