LOOK: Is this the best defense against the ‘laglag-bala’ gang?

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Could this be the best defense against the notorious laglag-bala gang in our airports? (Photo taken from Facebook page of Wilfredo Garrido)

The climate of fear caused by the so-called “laglag-bala” gang lurking at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have apparently forced some tourists to resort to novel ways to protect themselves and their luggage.

This is based on a photo uploaded by Facebook user Wilfredo Garrido which shows two travelers checking in at NAIA whose backpacks are covered in its entirety by a translucent plastic. “Look (at) how paranoid travelers are in the world’s worst airport,” he wrote as a caption. His photo has received over 60,000 likes and has been shared 30,000 times since it was uploaded October 30.

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Could this be the best defense against the notorious laglag-bala gang in our airports?
(Photo taken from Facebook page of Wilfredo Garrido)

Based on a report by Coconuts Manila, the protective bags were manufactured by ProtectABag and can be bought at P160 each. According to the company, their luggage wrapping service aims to protect travelers’ belongings against items being inserted, handling damage, as well as accidental or intentional opening.

Reports have circulated in recent weeks about foreigners being nabbed in airports around the country after inspectors found bullets inside their belongings. It has been claimed that the bullets were merely planted by members of an organized syndicate that seeks to extort hapless foreign travelers.

This is because unauthorized carrying of firearms and ammunition is a crime under Philippine law (Republic Act 10591). It is likewise prohibited by the United States Transportation Security Administration.

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Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for two public universities in Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: http://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.

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