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Woman who stole two luggages from two OFWs at NAIA 3 nabbed – APD-PIID

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A 49-year-old woman was nabbed by the Airport Police Department-Police Intelligence and Investigation Department (APD-PIID) of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), in cooperation with the Quezon City Police, for allegedly stealing two luggage from two overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who just arrived from Spain and from Hong Kong at the NAIA Terminal 3.

APD-PIID Chief Col. Bing Jose identified the woman as Juvy Banaag, who hails from Bulacan, Banaag reportedly took the luggage of the said two OFWs who arrived last May 4, 2023.

The victims told Jose that their luggage was taken away by the suspect who befriended them at the airport and introduced herself as also an OFW who just arrived.

The two OFWs also said that they entrusted their belongings to Banaag when they went to the ladies room only to find out later that she had taken their luggage and then rode a cab.

Col. Jose viewed the Close Circuit Television (CCTV) official at the NAIA Terminal 3 and reviewed the incident. A subsequent investigation led to the identity of the cab driver and the location where he dropped Banaag.

Banaag was still in the Quezon City hotel where she went directly from the airport and the police arrested her at around 11 a.m. on Friday May 5, 2023.

Jose said the suspect is now detained at the MIAA detention cell while charges of theft are being prepared for filing against her before the Pasay City or Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office.

One of the OFWs she victimized, who hails from Zamboanga and who arrived at NAIA Terminal 3 last May 4, 2023 on board Turkish Airlines, told probers her luggage contained P150,000 worth of cash, clothes and employment and travel documents.

“I am very thankful to the police authorities at naibalik ang luggage ko kasama un importanteng laman,” the victim said.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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