By: Chen Wei-ting, Emerson Lim and Elaine Hou(From ABS-CBN, www.abs-cbnnews.com)
Taipei, Nov. 10 (CNA) Amid recent reports of a bullet-planting scandal at an international airport in the Philippines, Taiwanese travelers to the Southeast Asian country have been urged to remain calm if they fall victim to similar scams.
Roget Hsu (許高慶), a travel industry veteran and former secretary-general of Taiwan’s Travel Agent Association, said that he heard of similar cases about 20 years ago and advised travelers to remain calm in the event that they fall victim to such scams.
It would be safer to pay the money demanded by con artists to avoid getting stuck, Hsu said, adding that people should also collect any evidence they can at the same time and make a report to the Philippine authorities afterwards.
He also urged travelers never to agree to carry items or luggage for strangers at airports.
Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III has ordered a thorough investigation into the alleged bullet-planting scam at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. [FULL STORY]