MANILA, Philippines – Three of 7 Filipino suspects accused of stealing a US$1 million diamond-emerald necklace in Turkey have reportedly been arrested.
According to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) General Manager Jose Angel Honrado, the remaining 4 suspects managed to slip out the airport.
“Ang report lang po na dumating sa akin yung apprehension nung tatlo,” Honrado said.
However, no other details were given regarding the identities and circumstances of the arrest of the 3 suspects. The expensive necklace was not also with the apprehended suspects.
Earlier reports identified the 6 of the 7 Filipino suspects as Janice Apostol, Armando Fajardo, Edgardo Ramos, Cesar Galvez, Rosita Panlilio and a certain Herbie Cruz.
The group was tagged as the suspects who stole the expensive jewelry from the Zela Jeweler booth during the 32nd Istanbul Jewelry Expo last month.
After stealing the jewelry, the group immediately fled to Dubai then went back to the Philippines.
Honrado said the fact-finding team of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) will investigate how the 4 Filipino suspects managed to exit the airport undetected.
“The investigation is being conducted by the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) but on the part of the DOTC, nagkaroon po ng fact-finding para malaman natin kung paano nakalusot yung apat na yun,” said Honrado.
Reports said the suspects also left NAIA airport without going through passport control.
“Tinitingnan ng fact-finding team kung dumaan ba sa immigration o hindi--yun ang unang tanong doon. Pangalawang tanong, kung dumaan sa immigration, bakit hindi nakuha ng NBI at mga agencies na sumalubong sa kanila?” said Honrado.
He explained that prior to the arrest, they received a communication regarding the arrival of the alleged suspects. A task force was immediately formed and this was headed by the NBI. Radio dzMM