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A Filipina alleges that her passport was tampered by airport personnel, which raised the question if this is a new airport scam.

Shown below is the full Manila Bulletin article which reported the said incident.

New ‘liquid eraser scam’ in NAIA bared
by Tessa Distor
January 26, 2016

A Filipina, who is a permanent resident of Japan, ranted online how she was victimized by an allegedly new scam at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

On Facebook, Angie Nogot claimed on January 24, 2016 that her Japanese surname was erased using a correction fluid from her alien registration card and for that she was being required to present her marriage contract.

“Kinuha nila ang passport at alien card ko, sabi bakit wala daw ang Japanese na apilyedo ko. Sabi ko ‘meron ha!’ ‘Pag abot sa akin, nagulat ako, wala nga. Tinitigan ko nang maigi kung bakit nawala, ‘yun pala tinakpan nila ng liquid paper para di ko makita,” she said.

This happened after she was asked to pay an amount of P200 as travel tax for herself and P1,600 for her child at the NAIA Terminal 1.

Filipino citizens who are permanent residents abroad who have stayed in the country for less than a year are exempted from paying the travel tax under Section 2 of Executive Order No. 283.

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) Spokesperson Dave de Castro said, however, that the P200 is a processing fee for the travel tax exemption and that there are certain documents to be presented depending on one’s status.

Meanwhile, a certain netizen who goes by a Chinese name 林峰子 dared Nogot to post her passport and alien card to verify if her claims are true. “Sa huli baka ikaw ang maipit nyan… post mo ‘yung items na sinasabi mong ginawan ng kalokohan kasi pwede ka nila kasuhan diyan ng libel.”

De Castro told Manila Bulletin Online that they have already coordinated with the Department of Tourism’s travel tax counters or the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) for an investigation.

“MIAA has sent a response to the passenger involved and we are waiting for a reply”, de Castro said.

De Castro advised to set aside the idea of this incident to be a scam for now.

Screenshot from Facebook of Angie Nogot's Facebook rant.

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