A showbiz reporter has accused a porter at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) of trying to extort money from his wheelchair-bound mother, a report on "24 Oras" said Wednesday.
The reporter, Ruel Mendoza, said instead of bringing his 74-year-old mother, Dalisay Mendoza, to the airport's designated waiting area, the porter with a nameplate identifying himself as A. Barra brought her to an isolated part of the airport and asked for money.
"Habang nagbabantay, humingi siya ng pera. Humingi siya ng load sa kanya. Panay parinig pa na malapit na po ang Pasko," Mendoza told GMA News' John Consulta, citing his mother.
At the time, Dalisay Mendoza just arrived from the United States.
"Binibiktima niya 'yung naka-wheelchair para walang laban? My mommy's seventy-plus. Kailangan niyang uminom ng gamot, gutom na siya, kahit ako gutom sa kaka-antay, Mommy ko galing pang LA, Korea, tapos Manila," Mendoza said.
The incident occurred Tuesday night, the report said.
Sought for comment, Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) spokesperson David de Castro said all NAIA porters are outsourced.
He also reminded the public that passengers are not required to get the services of porters.
"Kung nilapitan kayo, offering their services, you always have the option to decline. So if you would want to carry your own bag, then do so," De Castro said.
The reports said investigation was ongoing to identify the porter who allegedly tried to extort money from Dalisay. —KBK, GMA News -