Published: Saturday 12 August, 2017

NAIA Baggage Handlers Arrested After Missing Jewelry Found in Their Locker

The missing jewelry of the Turkish Foreign Minister’s wife was found in the locker of four NAIA baggage handlers! The four NAIA personnel have been arrested and the jewelry returned to the Turkish embassy.

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NAIA baggage handlers arrested foe stealing jewelry of Turkish Foreign Minister’s wife! (ABS CBN News photo)

Last week, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attended the 50th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Ministerial Meeting in Manila accompanied by his wife. But, upon their return to Turkey, his wife discovered that her jewelry box containing several pieces of jewelry was missing from her luggage. The information was immediately relayed to the Manila International Airport Authority which launched an investigation.

A surprise inspection of lockers of was conducted and the jewelry box was found in the locker of four baggage handlers. They have been identified as Yves Ronald Baguion, Wilson Mataganas, John Andews Racoma and a certain Alfaro. The four were contractual employees employed by Miascor Ground Handling Corp. assigned at the NAIA Terminal 1.

This was definitely an embarrassing incident for the Philippines, especially for the MIAA. There have been dozens of reports of theft from passengers’ luggage for many months. Yet, it seems nothing was being done to stop it.

But after the latest incident, MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said they are implementing stricter rules so that similar incidents will be prevented.

“I expect everybody’s full cooperation. I strongly urge that you come up with policies and procedures to clean your ranks so we can achieve order in our airport,” Monreal said, as he ordered airlines to submit monthly reports on pilferage, an intensified guarding of baggage on departure and arrival sections and consistent implementation of frisking of all ramp personnel.

Monreal added that MIAA has been conducting surveillance operations due to several incidents of baggage theft at the airport (Several? How about HUNDREDS, Mr. Monreal? Pabibo ka!)