A Vietnamese businesswoman who was caught carrying a bullet in her shoulder bag at an airport in the Philippines has returned to Vietnam after paying a fine, an official said.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Le Hai Binh told the press on Thursday that the Vietnamese embassy in Manila had taken measures to protect the Vietnamese citizen as soon as it was informed of the arrest.
She then managed to pay a fine and was released, he said.
My Nguyen, 30, was escorting a relative at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila when a security scanner detected a 9.1 mm bullet in her bag at 9:15 p.m. on November 7, The Philippine Star reported on Monday.
During inquest proceedings at the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office one day later, she said she owned a clothing business and one of her customers gave her the bullet which is believed to bring good luck.
The report said the woman was facing charges for violating the Philippines’ Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition.
Unlicensed possession or purchase of firearms and ammunition is illegal in the Philippines.