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Mayor leaves behind bag containing P1.4m cash at NAIA, sets off confusion

Bag left behind at NAIA 2
Members of the AIrport Police inspect the bag left behind at NAIA 2 which reportedly belonged to a mayor and contained some P1.4 million in cash. (JERRY S. TAN)

A bag left behind by a provincial mayor and containing some P1.4 million in cash triggered security guards at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) domestic terminal 2 to alert terminal manager Erilyn Cortez Bautista who in turn sought assistance from law enforcement authorities.

The bag was found at around 3:06 p.m. (Wednesday) January 4, 2023 between bay 8 and bay 9.

The terminal manager immediately sought assistance from the PNP-Aviation Security Group (PNP-AVSEGROUP) and the Airport police Department regarding the left-behind bag.

Immediately, police cordoned off the area and dispatched bomb- sniffing dogs to determine if the bag contained any explosive device. The PNP later cleared the bag of explosives or any devices related to explosives.

The bag was then brought to the Lost and Found Section of terminal 2 where police, including the terminal manager and the security guard, inspected the contents of the bag.

They found personal belongings, some Malaysian Ringgits, Macbook Air, wallet, identification cards, a passport, assorted ATM’s, a checkbook and Philippine peso amounting to P1,427,760.

Through the passport found inside, the bag was said to have belonged to Maluso, Basilan Mayor Hanie A. Bud, who just arrived at NAIA terminal 2 from Zamboanga.

Police tried but failed to reach the said Mayor through social media (FB) regarding the bag.

The said bag is now at the Lost and Found Section of terminal 2, where it will be kept until such time that its owner retrieves it.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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