- Digong warns syndicates to immediately cease their activities
- If president, he will make apprehended members swallow their bullets
- For airport personnel in Davao, he says he will just kill them immediately
- Mayor believes racket has been ongoing in several airports across the country
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Reacting to the growing number of cases of the so-called ‘laglag-bala’ scam happening especially at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Rodrigo Duterte said he would force the erring airport personnel to swallow the bullet.
“I don’t have the ambition to become a president but if I’d be the president I will let you swallow those bullets,” Manila Bulletin quoted him as saying during his weekly Gikan sa Masa program. “I don’t care if you die. If it will clog on your ass, I’ll have you operated to to enlarge your as****e.”
Pointing specifically to those working in Davao International Airport (DIA), Duterte said he would just automatically kill them if they were caught planting bullets.
“If they do this here in Davao then I’ll just kill them,” he said. “If I’m president then I will just finish off all of you. I will order your execution within 24 hours.”
An engineer who was bound for Manila on October 30 was apprehended inside the DIA after two bullets were discovered inside his luggage.
The incident has sparked fears the ‘laglag-bala’ scam could be happening across the country and not just in NAIA.
For his part, Duterte said he believes the scammers could have been operating in different airports for the last two to three years.
“It has been going on for the last two to three years,” he said. “Many were caught but were immediately settled. I no longer believe on this [angle that they carried the bullets as amulets].”
“It’s incredible!” he added. “Innocent people caught with .22 or 9mm bullets? These people do not even own guns. They just travel to go home from abroad, or for vacation or to attend meetings.”