Man Victimizing OFWs And Foreigner, Arrested in NAIA
Airport officials intercepted a 27-year-old man who allegedly stole approximately P168,000 from an Overseas Filipino Worker who is from Kuwait. The incident happened at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
The suspect identified as Rey John J. Manglay also known as Arjhay Valdez from Isabela was presented to the Media by NAIA General Manager Ed Monreal.
According to Monreal, the suspect was intercepted by airport officials after conducting a follow-up operation as they received a complaint regarding the incident.
“He approached and befriended me when I arrived at the NAIA Terminal 1 on February 27. He convinced me to go with him to the NAIA Terminal 3 for my connecting flight to General Santos City,” the victim Harija Panayama Hamsa said.
According to Hamsa, the suspect said that he was also a newly-arrived OFW coming from Saudi Arabia and also “carrying baggage but it turned out it was only ‘props.’’
“He took advantage of me when I entered the toilet. He carted away my luggage and a carry-on bag that I entrusted to him,” Hamsa said.
The luggage of Hamsa contains KD900 (P150,000), a gold ring and necklace approximately worth P18,000, two mobile phones, and other important valuables.
I saved my salary for three years from my work as a domestic helper in Kuwait as I dreamt to put up a business for my family in our province, but all my dreams are shattered,”Hamsa claims.
Aside from Hamsa, police authorities also found out that there are other 20 victims of the suspect including other OFWs and a German national who is visiting the Philippines, as per the diary recovered from the possession of the suspect.
Monreal said that the suspect recorded all the things that he stole from her victims in the diary.
Police also recovered pawnshop receipts, different laptops, gadgets, and other jewelry as well as wallets, ATM cards, and IDs of his victims.
The suspect already spent the money in bars and other activities in Metro Manila.
The suspect will be facing swindling charges and qualified theft at the Pasay City prosecutor’s office. He is now at the detention facility of NAIA Police.
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