The Holy Week is your chance to unwind and have fun with your family and friends. This is the time when we go to different provinces or visit resorts to forget the stress and traffic in the Metro.
It is not only Filipinos who enjoy spending some time in different provinces — people from different countries also visit our different sightseeing places. Unfortunately, instead of having a good and pleasurable time in the country, a Japanese tourist experienced a nightmare in the hands of two security personnel.
Two Airport Security Personnel
Two airport security personnel were nabbed during the Holy Week break after they were caught stealing cash from a Japanese tourist while undergoing a routine baggage inspection at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
According to the tourist, he lost a total of 1,700 Australian dollars (or P68,000). The airport authorities only recovered 300 Australian dollars (P12,000) from the two suspects: Stephen Bartolo and Demie James Timtim. They were charged with qualified theft after admitting to stealing the money of Yuya Sakata last Holy Wednesday. The suspects held the position as the Office for Transportation Security’s intelligent agent aides at the arrival entrance gate of Terminal 3.
Based on the report filed by case investigator APO2 Jerrold Demegillo, the 22-year-old tourist was at the pre-departure area for his connecting flight to Cebu when he realized that his wallet is missing. He believed that his money was taken at the arrival entrance gate during bag inspection.
During the investigation, Sakata identified Bartolo as the one who inspected his bag. Upon review of the CCTV footage, it showed that Bartolo discreetly inserted the cash into his pocket.
Bartolo admitted to the airport police that he took the cash from the victim’s wallet. He also surrendered two 50 Australian dollar bills. He told the authorities that his colleague, Timtim, also got a portion of the money. The police found four 50 Australian dollar bills in his jacket.
After finding out about the incident, the NAIA authorities revoked the access passes of the two suspects and included them in the stop list of the personnel.
It is still unknown what happened to the rest of the victim’s money.