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Group calls for renaming of NAIA back to MIA

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, May 25th, 2018

FILE PHOTO:  NAIA Terminal 1. (Ryan Mendoza / Photoville International)

A group headed by Atty. Larry Gadon is pushing for the renaming of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to its original name, Manila International Airport (MIA).

Gadon said it’s not right to name the country’s prime gateway after a politician like the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino.

“Labag sa batas ng republic act na nag uutos na ang pag lagay ng pangalan sa isang establishimento o kahit anong public places ay nangangailangan ng 10 taon. Eh si Ninoy ay namatay ng 1983 so nung 1987 pinalitan nila yung pangalan ng MIA,” he explained.

(It’s against the law which states that naming of establishments or public places after dead personalities requires a 10-year prescription period. Ninoy died in 1983 but they already changed MIA’s name in 1987.)

“Ito’y isang pagpapalaganap lamang ng kanyang pangalan, ito ay indoctrination. Ito ay isang pagbi-brainwash sa mga Plipino na siya ay isang bayani upang ang kaniyang angkan ay mamayagpag palagi sa politika,” Gadon said.

(This is just a way of promoting his name; an indoctrination. This is brainwashing Filipinos to think he is a hero so that his clan can continue to dominate Philippine politics.)

He added that the late senator committed acts that he should be held accountable for, such as his “fake account” of the Jabidah massacre in 1967 and his connivance with the communists in the bombing of Plaza Miranda in 1971. — UNTV News & Rescue

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BOC turns over P11-M worth of shabu to PDEA

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018


BOC Commissioner Isidro Lapeña holding over 2 kilograms of shabu seized in two separate operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport


PASAY CITY, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) turned over more than two kilograms of shabu on Tuesday, May 22, to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

The said illegal drugs, valued at P11.87 million, were seized in two separate operations at the warehouses inside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA.)

On April 23,  BOC discovered more than 300 grams of shabu concealed inside a pillow consigned under a certain Susano Trinidad of Cubao, Quezon City.

In a follow-up operation on April 27, authorities discovered more than two kilograms of shabu inside a medicine cabinet sent by a certain Stephanie Morse. All items were sent from California, USA.

BOC Commissioner Isidro Lapeña admitted that since the suspension of the Customs’ green lane, smugglers have become more creative in packing and sending illegal drugs into the country while using fictitious names of consignees and fake addresses. But Lapeña assured that the agency is much more sophisticated.

“They are getting creative but the same is true with the law enforcement also,” Lapeña said.

It can be recalled that in March, the agency confiscated illegal drugs concealed in dolls, lego blocks, baby crib and in car seat shipments.

Lapeña suspects that the big time drug syndicate operating in the US may have already penetrated the Philippine market.

PDEA assured that authorities are working non-stop to track and arrest the consignee of the seized illegal drugs and the syndicate behind them. — Mai Bermudez

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Lost baggage items of OFW in NAIA under probe

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

MIAA General Manager Eddie Monreal assures investigation of alleged robbery committed against an  OFW.

MANILA, Philippines — An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) was allegedly robbed of valuable items from her luggage when she arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Office (NAIA) Terminal 3 last Saturday.

Laptop, perfumes, and chocolates were allegedly missing from her airline luggage.

Based on the complaint, the OFW flew from Hong Kong on board Cebu Pacific flight 5J113.

When she arrived at the terminal, she immediately discovered that her valuable items were missing from her bag.

She promptly informed the airline company of the incident.

In the released statement of Cebu Pacific, they are now coordinating with the ground handlers of Hong Kong International Airport to track where the items first went missing.

However, in the initial investigation of Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), the weight of the complainant’s luggage when she checked in was the same weight as when she checked out of the airport.

MIAA is currently looking into the case and who may be behind it . — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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2 Airport baggage screeners charged with theft

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

(L-R) Stephen Bartolo and James Timtim Demie from the Office for Transportation Security

MANILA, Philippines — In a CCTV footage on March 28, a baggage screener is seen checking the baggage of a passenger at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.

At past seven o’clock in the evening of the same date, the airport police received a report from a Japanese national that 1,700 Australian dollars (AUD) were missing from his wallet.

The airport police immediately acted on the report and summoned the two baggage screeners.

The two screeners did not admit to said stealing which prompted the airport police to check their pockets and recover AUD300.

The two were identified as Stephen Bartolo and James Timtim Demie, both personnel of the Office for Transportation Security (OTS).

The two were charged with qualified theft or violation of Article 310 of the Revised Penal Code.

The OTS decided to dismiss the two who were just eight months in their job.

The investigation is still ongoing because authorities have only recovered AUD300 while AUD1400 is still missing.

The transport security office believes that the two screeners are in connivance with other personnel in the area.

The OTS clarified that screeners are not authorized to touch things inside the passengers’ baggage especially if there are no prohibited items found inside the baggage.

“Actually intentional talaga. Hindi naman natin masasabi na hindi intentional dahil makikita mo sa CCTV talagang intentional yung actions nila. Hinawakan nila,” said PSSupt. Napoleon Cuaton, the head executive assistant.

(It was actually intentional. We can’t say it wasn’t because the CCTV shows their actions were intentional. They touched the luggage.)

The OTS advises passengers to immediately report to the airport police if they are missing any items after undergoing airport inspection.

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal expressed disappointment at what happened.

“Nakakahiya at ganitong mga pangyayari ay nangyayari pa rin although it seems to be an isolated one. Pero sa lahat ng nangyari na positibo sa ating paliparan at may tatama na namang ganitong isang dagok sa atin ay nakakahiya,” said Monreal.

(It’s embarrassing that things like this continue to occur although it seems to be an isolated one. Despite all the positive reports we receive about the airport, if a setback like this hits us, it’s really embarrassing.)

Currently, MIAA supervises the deployment of all baggage screeners in the airport while the OTS is responsible for the recruitment, training and giving disciplinary action to OTS personnel.

Aside from qualified theft, the two screeners will be charged with an administrative case.  — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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