Japanese Tourist Arrested After 2 Bullets Found in Luggage at Manila Airport

In what appears to be a trend in passenger violations at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), was it really a legitimate arrest or another incident of the “tanim bala” modus operandi?

A Japanese tourist, Kazunobu Sakamoto, 33, flying out to Tokyo on Sunday was held by authorities at NAIA after two bullets were found in his luggage.

The bullets were discovered inside the breast pocket of his long-sleeved shirt which was tucked inside his bag. A staff of the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) who discovered the banned items referred the matter to a baggage inspector who then performed a manual inspection on Sakamoto’s luggage.

The man was arrested after he failed to show proper documentation allowing him to carry such items, Avsegroup National Capital Region chief Senior Supt. Ricardo Jr. told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Sakamoto, who is currently detained, is facing charges of illegal possession of firearms before the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office.

On that same day, a bullet was also found in the hand-carry luggage of a Filipino domestic helper bound for Hong Kong at the same airport terminal.