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POEA to come to aid of OFWs in ‘tanim bala’

By: - Reporter / @santostinaINQ
/ 08:16 AM November 08, 2015

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is offering to assist overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) victimized by the “tanim-bala” racket.

In a post on his Twitter account, POEA chief Hans Leo Cacdac said the agency had drawn up a mechanism for helping OFWs allegedly caught with bullets at the airport.

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But he reminded OFWs that Republic Act No. 10591 penalizes the unlawful possession of ammunition, defined as a “complete unfixed unit consisting of a bullet, gunpowder, cartridge case and primer or loaded shell for use in any firearm.”

“Do not carry such items either in checked-in or carry-on luggage. Please secure your bags and suitcases with locks, and make sure they are sealed shut. Please be vigilant and watch over your belongings at all times,” Cacdac said.

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He said the POEA stood ready to render assistance to any OFW held for questioning for alleged possession of bullets, with on-the-spot advice, coordination with a government legal service and opening communication lines with immediate family, friends, recruitment agencies or legal counsel.

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