Thursday, October 1, 2015

Footage belies OFW’s accusation vs. two NAIA personnel

Footage from a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 had belied a claim by an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) from Kuwait that two X-ray operators took her bag.

In the footage shown on "24 Oras" on Wednesday, X-ray operators Vine Cano and Analiza Monda were seen putting the black backpack back on the X-ray screening machine after minutes had passed without someone claiming it.

"Ang ginawa niya (Monda) po, nire-X-ray niya Iang po 'yung bag. Then chineck ko lang po kung may prohibited items," Cano said.

Later, a man claiming to be the owner of the bag was seen picking it up.

The bag contained a mobile phone, ID and cash, the report said, citing its owner Eleyn Casim, who arrived in the Philippines last September 23.

NAIA Office for Transportation Security (OTS) spokesperson Jonathan Maliwat said it was clear in the CCTV footage that the bag was not taken by their employees.

"Hindi po ang tauhan namin [ang kumuha ng bag] at malinaw po 'yun sa CCTV footage. Wala hong kasiguruhan kung 'yung bag niya [o] naiwan niya talaga o nawala niya sa x-ray area," he said.

Cano and Monda, meanwhile, appealed to OFWs and other travelers to think twice before accusing airport personnel of wrongdoings, as these accusations can affect their career and families.

"Inakusahan po kami nang wala pong matibay na ebidensya. Kung baga po nakakasira po ng pagkatao," Cano said

"Inisip ko rin po 'yung pamilya ko. Nasira po 'yung reputasyon namin. Sabihin niyo na lang po 'yung totoo. Yun lang naman po yung hinahanap namin dito," Monda said for her part. Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News 

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