Elenita Casim complains at the Police Intelligence and Investigation Division of the Airport Police. Photo by Raoul Esperas
MANILA, Philippines – A returning overseas Filipino worker (OFW) got a rude welcome home when her money was stolen after undergoing x-ray screening at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 4.
Elenita Casim, 39, disclosed in a complaint filed with the Police Intelligence and Investigation Division of the Airport Police Department that she arrived in the Philippines last September 23, and was on a connecting flight to General Santos City, when she accidentally left her back pack at the Terminal 4 security x-ray at around 7 p.m.
The back pack contained two years' worth of Casim's savings, electronic gadgets, her passport, tickets, and other important work documents.
Airport investigators reviewed the CCTV on the evening of September 23, and discovered the two airport security screeners were able to recover Casim's back pack, and placed it on top of the airport x-ray machine.
Casim was unable to retrieve her luggage when she returned to the airport x-ray machine, however.
Airport police investigators are now coordinating with the Office of Transport Security (OTS), the agency under the Department of Transportation and Communications that handles airport security screeners, to determine the identity of the OTS personnel involved in the disappearance of Casim's back pack.
Casim is also set to file a formal complaint at the Pasay's Prosecutor's Office on Monday morning.
Just last week, two passengers complained of being victimized by the alleged "Laglag Bala" gang, a modus operandi wherein bullets are allegedly dropped or planted into the luggage of passengers. -- Report from Raoul Esperas