Remember that “Laglag Bala” incident at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport where an elderly couple was not spared from the infamous extortion scheme last month?

This time around, senior citizens Salvacion Cortabista and her husband Esteban were able to get back at the suspects by filing charges against them for the inconvenience they experienced.



The elderly couple filed three charges including planting of evidence, robbery extortion, and unjust vexation against three airport personnel, ABS-CBN reported.

The three airport personnel were identified as wheelchair attendant Niño Namba and X-ray screening officers Fatti Dame Go and Ferdinand Morales.

The Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group said that there was clear evidence to believe there was connivance between the three, which led to the planting of a bullet inside the victim’s bag with the intention to extort P50,000 from her.

After filing the charges, the couple went to the Department of Justice to attend the preliminary investigation for the illegal possession of ammunition case filed against them.

The said case was filed against them by Morales, who was also an officer of the Office for Transportation Security—the organization tasked to prevent Laglag Bala incidents.

During the procedures, Morales and Go both denied the allegations. Namba has also denied involvement in the incident.

The Laglag Bala scheme made headlines last year after numerous victims, including foreigners, complained of allegedly being extorted money by airport personnel.

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