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Operatives of the MIAA Intelligence and Investigation Division (IID) led by Airport Police Inspector Erick Mejia and his team yesterday recovered valuable items contained in a bag owned by a returning OFW who arrived in NAIA last July 16, 2018.

Catalina Prado, an OFW who works as a Laser Techinician in Oman, took a regular white taxi from NAIA Terminal 1. A few meters away from the airport, the taxi driver later identified to be a certain Rodel Ormillo, informed her that the company charges a flat rate of P1,700.00 for the Muntinlupa area. Finding the rate to be exhorbitant, Ms. Prado asked to be transferred to another taxi that charges a metered rate. She was allowed to disembark and driver Ormillo unloaded her baggage. As she was counting her bags, she noticed that her black backpack was not unloaded prompting her to approach the driver who immediately sped off.

Ms. Prado went back to NAIA Terminal 1 and filed a complaint with the Terminal Police Section where she was made to fill out a form. An alarm was immediately given to all Airport Police units against the taxi driven by Ormillo bearing plate number ABQ 1130 with advise to inform the driver to return the bag which was left in his taxi.

The following day, Prado went to the IID office with the hope that the bag was surrendered by the driver to the Lost and Found section but was disheartened to know that there was no return made as of that time. She was asked to narrate her experience so she could be assisted in recovering her lost bag. According to Ms. Prado, her bag contained 5 pairs of earrings, one gold necklace placed at 25 to 30,000 pesos; 3 pieces of watches valued at 17 to 25,000 pesos; a passbook and ATM containing 243,000 pesos assorted chocolates and personal items worth 6,000 pesos and important employment documents.

A pursuit operation was conducted to find the driver and recover the belongings of Ms. Prado. Coordination made with the LTFRB led the IID team to the taxi operator who was asked to produce the driver of his taxi unit. The operator gave the address of driver Rodel Ormillo whose residence is at Eastwind Homes Subdivision, San Isidro, Rodriguez Rizal.

On July 19, the IID team composed of APINSP Roderick Mejia, APINSP Victor Mallari, APO1 Marzel Pangda, APO1 Ismael Rivera and APO1 Dyron Candido together with complainant Prado, proceeded to San Isidro, Rizal and coordinated with barangay officials led by Mr. Edwin Pacuribot who instructed his men to accompany the IID team to Ormillo’s residence.

When confronted, Ormillo initially denied having the backpack in his possession but later admitted that he left the bag in a friend’s house. He further admitted that he has pawned 2 pairs of earrings with a pawnshop for P2,200.00 while 1 pair of earrings and the gold necklace were pawned with a neighbor. The other items were left inside the backpack.

Back to the IID office, an inventory was made by owner Catalina Prado who confirmed that all her belongings were recovered and complete. As a sign of gratitude, Ms. Prado wrote a personal letter for MIAA GM Ed Monreal thanking the MIAA and its team for acting swiftly on her complaint.

“It makes me happy that we were able to help Ms. Prado. We assure the public that we are working very hard to rid NAIA of scalawags and “enterprising” individuals no matter how challenging it is. Our campaign is continuing and we value every complaint brought before us and we will do all we can to resolve them. This to me is the essence of public service with a heart,” said MIAA GM Ed Monreal.

Charges of Robbery will be filed today at the Pasay Prosecutor’s Office against Rodel Ormillo based on the complaint affidavit of Ms. Catalina Prado. A recommendation to the Land Transportation Office for the cancellation/revocation of the driver’s license of driver Ormillo shall also be filed. Consequently, all units of “QUEENSMEN” taxi have been included in MIAA’s list of banned vehicles absolutely prohibiting the units from queuing in any of the taxi queuing lanes at the airport terminals.

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21 July 2018