Authorities arrest owner of abandoned shabu-filled luggage at NAIA

Robie de Guzman   •   September 30, 2019   •   435

Alleged owner (left) of the luggage filled with shabu (right) | Photos taken from the Facebook page of the Bureau of Customs

MANILA, Philippines – Authorities on Sunday arrested a man who abandoned his luggage filled with P35 million worth of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) at the Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) said the owner of the luggage – a Filipino national who boarded an early morning flight from Hanoi, Vietnam on Sept. 28 – fled the airport and abandoned his brown trolley bag and a backpack when subjected to physical inspection.

Upon closer examination, the luggage yielded white crystalline shabu weighing more or less 5.16 kilograms, the BOC said.

The BOC-NAIA, with the help of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), arrested the suspect in Tarlac City around 4 p.m. of the same day.

The suspect will be charged with violations of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act and the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

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BI: Wanted Canadian-American rape suspect arrested at NAIA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 11, 2019

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has reported the arrest of a Canadian-American man accused of raping a 17-year-old girl in Subic more than a year ago.

Authorities identified the man as 54-year-old Fouad Bounab. He arrived Saturday (November 9) night at NAIA 3 terminal aboard an Air Asia flight from Kuala Lumpur.

Atty. Rommel Tacorda, who heads the BI’s border control and intelligence unit (BCIU), disclosed that Bounab is on the wanted list of the Interpol which earlier issued a red notice against him.

“He fled to Malaysia to evade prosecution for his crime. Fortunately, our counterparts in Malaysia were able to trace his whereabouts and he was arrested and brought back to Manila,” he said.

According to the BI, Bounab allegedly lured his minor victim to have sex with him through social media for the purpose of prostitution and sexual exploitation.

A warrant of arrest was issued by Olongapo City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Gemma Logronio on July 8 this year against Bounab.—AAC

MIAA implements tighter security at NAIA terminals

Maris Federez   •   October 31, 2019

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is implementing stricter security at all terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for the influx of passengers.

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said they raised the airport alert to security condition number 2.

“May mga panibagong ipinapatupad. May mga random checks ho tayong ginagawa. May mga k9 na nakadeploy. May mga tao at kapulisan na nakadeploy sa ating paliparan. At hindi ko pupwedeng idiscuss in detail iyong iba pang panuntunan to make sure we are all secured,” Monreal said.

MIAA data shows a slightly lower number of passengers in domestic flights this year with 388,218, compared to 2018 with 378,731.

Conversely, the volume of international flight passengers has increased this year with 421,495, compared to that of last year with 381,001.

Airport authorities have yet to announce any flight delays or cancellations as they expect around 130,000 passengers to flock the arrival and departure areas on Thursday’s schedule. (with details from Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

MIAA inspects facilities ahead of Undas rush

Robie de Guzman   •   October 26, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Officials from the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) conducted inspections of public transport facilities in anticipation of the influx of passengers during the observance of Undas break.

MIAA general manager Ed Monreal said the number of passengers going through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is expected to increase beginning Monday, Oct. 28.

In preparation for the anticipated high volume of travelers, MIAA raised the alert for NAIA security personnel.

Additional x-ray machines and explosive trace detectors will also be deployed in the airport as the agency implements heightened security and inspection on passengers and luggage.

Personnel manning check-in counters for domestic flights will also be increased as promised by several airline companies. Additional personnel manning immigration booths in airport will also be deployed to avoid long queuing of passengers for international flights.

Airport authorities also reminded passengers to arrive three hours ahead of international flights, and two hours for domestic flights, to allow enough time for security inspection and other airport procedures.

“Siyempre, meron tayong mga special security requirements gaya ng papunta ng America, gaya ng papunta ng Australia, ‘yung mga airlines have encouraged their passengers to come in slightly earlier pero as a standard, 3 oras po tayo sa international 2 oras tayo sa domestic,” Monreal said.

The MIAA chief also assured they have coordinated with airline companies to prevent flights from being delayed. He cited the improvement in the on-time performance of airline companies based on the recent report of the Air Carriers Association of the Philippines.

“Mas malaki po ang inimprove magmula ng July. They are hitting 85% already ‘yan po ang report ng ating mga kasamahan Cebu Pacific, Air Asia, CebGo tsaka yung PALEX. I hope they would maintain that or even surpass what they have reported to us,” he said.


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