BI examiner axed over extortion

September 10, 2019

AN airport examiner was relieved after he was found extorting three-million Japanese yen from a Korean national Monday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Bureau of Customs District Collector Mimel Talusan ordered the relief of Customs Examiner Carmelito Mantal from his airport post after an arriving Korean tourist filed a complaint of extortion against him involving Y3 million.

Documents obtained by some in-house reporters at the NAIA revealed that the Korean tourist identified as Lee Sungchul arrived last September 1 at NAIA Terminal 3 on board Cebu Paficic flight 5J5057 from Japan.

Based on the CCTV footages reviewed by Atty. Lourdes Mangaoang, chief of the Arrival Passengers Assistance and X-ray/Scanning Unit, Lee was seen being examined by Mantal.
Authorities said that in the succeeding video footages, there is reasonable ground to believe that the allegation of Lee against Mantal was true.

Meanwhile, BI Port Operations Chief Grifton Medina said Korean fugitive Jung Hyeongwook, 35, was  deported last Sept. 3  to Pusan.

Jung was deported a few days after he surrendered to the Korean embassy in Manila which earlier cancelled his passport.

It was learned that Jung, who was wanted for prosecution for violating his country’s National Sports Promotion Act by operating an illegal gambling website called “pony–” which provided sports betting facility to members.

Jung and his cohorts allegedly collected betting money from the members and pocketed nearly US$ 6 million from the online gambling racket.