MANILA—A lawyer of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who claimed to be a victim of ‘tanim-bala’ scam at the Ninoy International Airport asked yesterday the Office of the Ombudsman to conduct a separate investigation on the ‘tanim-bala’ scam following the release of the National Bureau of Investigation’s (NBI) report.
Spocky Farolan, attorney of a tanim-bala scam victim, Gloria Ortinez, said yesterday that NBI’s report was influenced by President Benigno Aquino III.
The NBI findings identified Aviation Security Group cops and Office for Transportation Security (OTS) personnel as the individuals behind the scam. The agency denied any involvement of a syndicate group.
Farolan believes that there are high ranking officials of NAIA who are also involved in the scam that has victimized several passengers, mostly OFWs.
He hopes that the Ombudsman would include Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Jose Angel Honrado in an investigation he proposed.
“It is sad that the NBI appears to have balanced things out. Even if we believe in their findings that there really is such tanim-bala scheme, we are afraid that they announced that there was no syndicate because it was what the Chief Executive said. They have to stand by such pronouncement,” Farolan was quoted as saying in a Philippine Star report.
Even the Department of Justice (DOJ) who ordered the NBI to conduct an investigation on the scam believes in the possibility of a syndicate behind the scam.
“Yes, we are not closing our door to that possibility. What the NBI said in this report is that based on information gathered during the limited period of investigation, there was no likelihood of a syndicate,” DOJ Undersecretary Emmanuel Caparas said in the same report.
The investigation on the tanim bala scam will continue, Caparas told the Philippine Star.
The NBI has filed criminal charges against 2 OTS personnel and 4 ASG cops over their involvement in the ‘tanim-bala’ scam.