Four airport staff assigned at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Termin1 1’s baggage loading station have been arrested for allegedly stealing jewelry reportedly owned by the wife of Turkey’s foreign minister.
Manila International Airport Authority general manager Ed Monreal identified the suspects as Yves Ronald Baguion, Wilson Mataganas, John Andrews Racoma, and a certain Mr. Alfaro. They were all employees of Miascor Ground Handling Corp. assigned at NAIA Terminal 1.
Recovered from the suspects were:
- an Escada jewelry box containing one white gold ring with diamonds
- one gold ring with five diamond ornaments
- one gold ring with big pearl ornament
- one small gold ring with small pearl ornament
- one set of round pearl earrings
- one set of flat pearl earrings
- one round pearl earrings
- one gold chain bracelet with diamonds
- one set cross-like earrings
- one ring with precious stones.
“The owner is Madame Hülya Çavuşoğlu, wife of the Turkish Foreign Minister (who flew out of Manila ) via Turkish Airline flight on 04 August 2017,” said in a message sent to Viber by Connie Bungag, Manila International Airport Authority – Public Affairs Office chief.
Mrs Çavuşoğlu accompanied Turkish foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu who recently attended the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Manila.
She said the theft was reported on Aug. 7 to MIAA assistant general manager Ehran Balaban and to Ufuk Apaydin, Turkish Airlines country and station manager.
“The access pass privileges of the suspects have been canceled by MIAA and their names have been placed on our stop list,” added Bungag, saying that Miascor officials will conduct their own investigation to determine appropriate sanctions against the suspects.
The baggage workers were arrested after a surveillance operation by MIAA Intelligence and Investigation Division following the report of apparent theft incident.
The jewelry box was recovered at 12:30am on August 8, 2017 after Intelligence operatives inspected the lockers of baggage loader personnel at the NAIA Terminal 1.