A Vietnamese businesswoman is facing charges after she was caught carrying a bullet in her shoulder bag at an airport in the Philippines, local media reported.
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 Saturday (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.
She is facing a case for violating the Philippines’ Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition.
Unlicensed possession or purchase of firearms and ammunition is illegal in the Philippines.
It is not known if the woman is being detained or not.
Nguyen Tuan Linh, an officer of the Vietnamese Embassy in Manila, told Thanh Nien on Monday the embassy has not been informed of the case.
He said the embassy would take measures to protect the rights of the Vietnamese woman if needed.
The airport recently attracted attention after travelers from all over the world were said to have been targeted by airport security staff who allegedly plant live ammunition in luggage in order to extort money.
CNN Philippines reports that police have recorded 30 alleged cases of the scam, known locally as "tanim bala," between January and November 2015.