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PNP Aviation Security Group arrests members of Salisi Gang operating at NAIA

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, November 25th, 2016

 

Salisi Gang members nabbed at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Salisi Gang members nabbed at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

 

MANILA, Philippines — Six members of Salisi Gang and two other theft suspects have been arrested by the PNP-Aviation Security Group.

The suspects have allegedly been victimizing passengers at the terminal of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

According to the authorities, they were involved in various illegal acts such as stealing cellphones, laptops, wallets and other important belongings of the passengers, usually at the waiting area.

Despite the cases of theft, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) assured that it has intensified its security at NAIA to apprehend lawless elements preying on passengers.

Meanwhile, MIAA is also preparing for the possible influx of vacationers travelling this holiday season.

As estimated by the agency, the number of passengers in NAIA has an upsurge of at least almost 20% during December and January.

As of now, the agency is coordinating with the Department of Transportation on improving the traffic flow at NAIA.

Among the measures being considered by MIAA is opening the Villamor Airbase to be utilized as alternative route by the motorists going to the airport.

“Meron kaming pag-uusap ngayon with Villamor na kung pwede padaanin tayo sa may Villamor area. Isang artery ‘yan na tinitingnan namin,” MIAA General Manager Eddie Monreal said.

(We already had talks with Villamor if they could let us pass through Villamor area. That is one artery that have been considering.)

“Tapos nakikipag-ugnyan din sa mga local barangay, sa harapan ng Terminal 3, na kung pwede mapadaan din doon para maibsan sa Andrews Avenue ang traffic,” Monreal added.

(Then, we are also coordinating with the local barangay – in front of Terminal 3 – if could also allow us traverse there to ease the traffic jam at the Andrews Avenue.)

Aside from the plan to open other routes, the two-minute waiting time of the vehicles will be strictly imposed at the arrival and departure areas.

MIAA is hoping that just before the year ends, the remaining parts of NAIA Expressway will be opened for the motorists which will serve as additional road for those going to Terminal 3. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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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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NAIA expansion project seen as solution to ease airport congestion

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, March 1st, 2018

FILE PHOTO: A passenger plane taking off at NAIA Terminal 2 runway. (Ryan Mendoza / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager, Eddie Monreal presented to the Senate on Thursday the proposed terminal rationalization plan for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The plan states that NAIA Terminals 1 and 3 will cater to international flights, while Terminals 2 and 4 will be for domestic flights.

This is the initial step of the MIAA in solving the airport congestion in Metro Manila.

However, some airline companies disagreed with the proposal saying it will inconvenience many passengers especially those with connecting flights.

“[The] United Kingdom, all of Canada both domestic and international are under one terminal para (so that it will be) seamless,” Cebgo Inc. President & CEO Alexander Lao said.

But Monreal insists that this could help level the playing field for airline companies operating at NAIA terminals.

“Walang advantage sa Philippine Airlines, walang advantage sa Cebu Pacific (Neither Philippine Airlines nor Cebu Pacific will have an advantage over the other). That’s where we’re coming from. But the congestion, I’ll just state it on record, there might still be congestions,” said Monreal.

For Senate Committee on Public Services chair Sen. Grace Poe, the transfer of airline companies to other airport terminals is not the solution to ease congestion.

“Ang talagang solusyon diyan ay hindi paglilipat ng terminal ng ibang mga airline kundi pag-eexpand ng NAIA (The real solution is not the transfer of airline terminals but the expansion of NAIA) ,” said Poe.

To date, a consortium has submitted to the government a P350-billion project proposal for the rehabilitation and expansion of the NAIA.  — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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