The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is the main airport of the Philippines, the main entry and exit point for majority of tourists and travelers to the country yet this place has been hounded by controversies, especially in recent months.
Aside from being included in lists of the worst airports in the world, the NAIA is also hounded by the ‘tanim bala’ (bullet planting) scheme which had seen victims like old people seeking treatment outside the country to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) set to go back to their employees.
Filipinos lament how this problem continues to persist even if there are widespread calls for President Benigno Aquino III to check on this issue and stop the problem for good because this would surely hurt the country’s image and also affect the lives of the innocent victims (for example, an OFW victim had lost her job because she wasn’t able to get back to her employer).
But it seems that this ‘tanim bala’ problem will soon be a thing of the past. Presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte (who hasn’t been declared yet but leads with a wide margin of over 6 million votes) issued a stern warning against the people at NAIA.
He is not yet in position as president since his term will start in July (2016) but President Duterte is already working on fulfilling the things he promised to fulfill when he was campaigning.
In Filipino, he told the workers and officials at NAIA that he no longer wants to hear any news about ‘tanim bala’ at the airport because if ever it would happen again, under his presidency, everyone – yes, everyone from the lowly workers to the highest ranking official! – will be terminated.
While such a major overhaul of the workers and officials of NAIA would surely cause trouble and confusion for days since the airport is one of the busiest transport hubs in the country, the stern warning resonates across country and made a lot of Filipinos happy.
Many expressed their happiness that they no longer have to worry about traveling via NAIA in fear that they might become victims of the scheme. Could this also attract more tourists and travelers to the Philippines? Well, only time will tell but we sure are glad that the ‘tanim bala’ will soon be a thing of the past.
Kudos, President Duterte!