CCTV captures postal service pilferage

from an exclusive report by Anthony Taberna, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 06 2011 10:11 PM | Updated as of Sep 07 2011 02:50 PM

Two government employees are caught on CCTV camera allegedly stealing from a parcel.

MANILA, Philippines – Two people may face charges of pilfering money from a parcel at the government's Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) in Pasay City.

A closed circuit television (CCTV) footage showed that a woman, later identified as Postman 1 Lovelyn de Leon who works in the parcel division, opened a package and retrieved a white envelope from the back of a cellphone.

A man was also caught on video with de Leon and was identified as Customs Examiner Omar Said.

“Mukhang magkasabwat sila. ‘Yung taga Customs ‘yung nagtuturo kung alin yung bubuksan. Nakita rin natin sa CCTV na hindi naman niya hinalukay ‘yung kahon eh. Alam niya kaagad na ‘yung cellphone ang bubuksan niya. Alam niya rin kaagad na mayroong nandoon sa cellphone,” said Postmaster General Josie dela Cruz.

Dela Cruz added that the 2 suspects may have thought that the CCTV camera was not working.

Authorities said the actions of the 2 are in clear violation of regulations of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Philippine Postal Corporation.

Both the BOC and Philippine Postal Corp. strictly prohibit the opening of parcels unless in the presence of the addressee or owner of the package.

Initial investigation by the Philippine Postal Corporation revealed that de Leon took foreign currency from the parcel.

Dela Cruz said further investigation will be conducted to identify if there are syndicates behind anomalies in the government’s mailing service.

The 2 suspects, meanwhile, refused to answer questions from the media. -- report from Anthony Taberna, ABS-CBN News