Friday, October 2, 2015

NAIA employee arrested over sex-for-flight scheme

A security officer at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) was arrested in an entrapment operation for allegedly asking a woman for sex in exchange for clearing her travel papers, a report on "24 Oras" said Thursday.

Benedict Larcibal, 29, was arrested by the Anti-Human Trafficking Division of the National Bureau of Investigation inside a motel in Pasay City after his victim agreed to work with the authorities to entrap him.

According to the victim, who was offloaded from her flight to Singapore, Larcibal presented himself as an immigration officer and offered to remove the red marks on her papers in exchange for P35,000. The red marks indicate that the passenger has been offloaded due to questionable documents.

"Continuous yung calls niya, communicate niya na ine-explain niya 'yung pag-proseso. Nagbigay na siya ng price na P35,000 para ma-clear na 'yung lahat, para makaalis na kami," the victim said.

Larcibal, however, changed the terms of the agreement later on and asked for sex in addition to the money. He even assured the victim that she would not get pregnant even if he didn't use a condom.

"Hindi ba kita pwedeng masolo and mahihirapan na ko kung next week kasi mapapatungan na yung ibang records mahihirapan na call me para ma-explain ko ulit ng maayos," read one of Larcibal's text messages to the victim.

Larcibal denied the transaction upon arrest, despite authorities catching him in bed and in possession of P10,000 in marked money.

"Wala po sir, wala pong katotohanan, sir," Larcibal said.

Lawyer Abdul Jamar Dimaporo of the NBI asked victims of similar schemes to approach their office so they could help them seek justice.

"Lumalabas, may human trafficking angle eh, kasi he was trying to facilitate the exit ng babae. Lahat ng nabiktima ng ganitong modus, sana lumapit kayo dito sa 'min sa NBI para at least naman mabigyan natin sila ng katarungan," Dimaporo advised.

The NBI will conduct a digital forensic examination on Larcibal's phone to find out his co-conspirators. Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News 

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