Pinay from HK loses P50,000 worth of valuables at NAIA
A Filipina balikbayan from Hong Kong has lost P50,000 worth of valuables to suspected thieves upon her arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Tuesday.
A report by GMA News' Susan Enriquez on State of the Nation with Jessica Soho on Tuesday night said Maria Melencia Nabor found the fabric on her luggage torn and held together with tape at carousel number five of NAIA Terminal 2.
When Nabor inspected the luggage, she saw that the zipper was damaged and that some of her jewelry, shoes and gifts for her newborn child were missing.
"Nung pagkita ko, wala na 'yung gamit ko, mga accessories ko, nanghihina na po ako. Ilang beses na akong bumabiyahe papunta dito, papunta doon so Hong Kong, walang nangyayari, tapos ngayon lang 'yan nangyari sa 'min," Nabor said.
Nabor took a picture of her taped-up luggage and approached an airport employee seated in front of the carousel to ask for help.
"Hinarap ko po sa kanya 'yung bag, 'yung luggage, kinuhanan ko po ng picture bago ko po siya binuksan tapos meron pong isang staff ng NAIA na lumapit, tapos tinanong po niya kung anong nangyari. Sabi ko, bukas na po bag ko, sira na," she said.
Authorities at the airport told her that the pilferage most likely happened in Hong Kong and advised her to call her airline, Philippine Airlines (PAL).
PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said they already began the process of tracing Nabor's luggage from Hong Kong to the ground handling facility of PAL using CCTV footage.
Meanwhile, Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) spokesperson David de Castro stated that the safety of passenger baggage is the responsibility of the airlines.
MIAA has offered assistance to PAL in investigating the incident. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News