NAIA police return Spanish tourist's P789,000

by Raoul Esperas

Posted at Feb 18 2014 11:52 PM | Updated as of Feb 19 2014 07:52 AM

Spanish tourist Marco Munoz Santiago is flanked by the airport police officers Capt. Tim Cruz and Lt. Demetrio Sison who helped him recover the P789,000 worth of foreign money he left behind in a taxi. Photo by Raoul Esperas for

MANILA - All hope was seemingly lost for an 80-year-old tourist when he could not find a green shoulder bag he left behind in a taxi he took from Malate, Manila to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA-1).

But thanks to the effort made by the intelligence and investigation section of the NAIA police, the lost green shoulder bag containing around P789,000 worth of foreign currencies, travellers' checks, and passport was recovered from the taxi driver.

Lt. Demetrio Sison, in charge of the NAIA police intelligence and investigation section, identified the tourist as Marco Munoz Santiago, a retired physical therapist from Spain who arrived Monday night from Sydney, Australia.

Sison said Santiago had to go back to NAIA 1 on Tuesday morning to return luggage that he misclaimed and was about to get an airport access pass when he noticed that he left his shoulder bag in the taxi he took.

Santiago reported his predicament to police, sent two teams to coordinate with the airline for the return of the misclaimed luggage and the tracking and identification of the taxi.

It resulted in police locating the taxi with plate number UVJ 427.

Santiago thanked police for recovering his money.