MANILA – Authorities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 discovered a 2-month-old baby stashed inside his mother's backpack Monday evening.
The still sleeping baby was discovered by security personnel after the backpack was being scanned by the x-ray machine.
Vicente L. Guerzon Jr., Assistant General Manager for Security and Emergency Services of the Manila International Airport Authority, identified the owner of the backpack as Jenifer Pavolaurea, a 25-year-old Papua New Guinean and a nursing graduate.
The 25-year-old single mother admitted that she attempted to smuggle her 2-month-old son out of the country because she does not have the necessary immigration clearance for his departure.
Pavolaurea was a departing passenger of Air Niugini, which was scheduled to depart for Port Moresby at 11 p.m.
Guerzon said Pavolaurea was initially questioned by an immigration officer for being an overstaying alien before the baby was discovered inside the backpack.
Pavolaurea was eventually allowed to depart for Papua New Guinea.
Airport authorities did not file any charges against Pavolaurea and was instead turned over to a certain John Frederick Camarines.