Embarrassing: Japanese TV mimics ‘tanim-bala’ modus live on air

  • A Japanese television demonstrates how ‘tanim-bala’ works
  • The segment insinuates that the modus is aimed at extorting money from potential victims
  • At least one Japanese national was arrested after 2 bullets were found in his possession at NAIA

MANILA, Philippines – ‘Tanim-bala’ has indeed earned international notoriety.

This was after a Japanese television resorted to warning its viewers how a traveler at the Philippine airports could possibly fall victim to the modus that has landed the country in international headlines.

In the more than 3-minute video posted on Facebook by one Shinjoy Noisap Martinez and shared by Ikwento Mo Kay Delio, a segment was dedicated to the short demonstration of how flyers are ‘caught’ with a bullet inside their luggage.

Even without understanding the language spoken, the clip insinuates that the racket is aimed at extorting money from the potential victims.

In the clip, the comic skit showed a uniformed man representing an airport personnel inspecting a traveler’s luggage that has gone through the scanning machine.

After rummaging through the items inside, the man in uniform suddenly produced a bullet out of his hand.

He then acted as if accusing the baggage owner of carrying the illegal item, during which the owner struggled to explain that the bullet found does not belong to him. (Click here to read more)


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