OFW’s baggage allegedly opened at NAIA Terminal 1; Php10,000 worth of goods missing

  • An OFW shared his rage online after his baggage was allegedly opened at the NAIA Terminal 1
  • Php10,000 worth of ‘pasalubong’ were missing; believed stolen 
  • NAIA Terminal 1 management said they will conduct an investigation and review the CCTVs and punish whoever is behind the incident

NAIA issues again?

One can never imagine the sacrifices of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), who chose to work in a foreign land away from their families, just to give their loved ones a taste of a better life. So you can almost imagine the displeasure they feel when they think they are being taken advantage of  by no less than their fellow Pinoys.

Architect Dennis Silades, an OFW working in a bank in Saudi Arabia as a Project Manager, was so infuriated after his baggage was purportedly opened at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. And to make matters worse, Php10,000-worth of hard-earned ‘pasalubong‘ were allegedly stolen from his bag.

Silades, who came home for a one-month vacation, was enraged to find out that some of the goods he brought for his family have gone missing from his suitcase – chocolates, shirts, pants, jackets, and two pieces of brand new Casio watches. He suspects that his baggage was opened at the NAIA Terminal 1 as it took 30-minutes before his bag came out of the conveyor.

Iyong galit ko, nakakaasar na, alam mo ‘yun, na wala ka nang magawa. Kung sino man ‘yung may gawa nun, sana maging parehas sila. Pinaghirapan namin ‘yun eh, ‘di naman namin pinulot ‘yung mga ganung gamit eh. Pinagpuyatan namin ‘yun, sinakripisyo namin ‘yung oras namin eh [I was furious but couldn’t do anything. Whoever did this, I hope they play fair. We worked hard and sacrificed a lot for those things]”, Silades said in an interview with TV Patrol’s Dominic Almelor.

Silades said he tried to call NAIA hotline but was only passed around; the reason why he brought his gripe on social media via a Facebook post which has already gone viral; having been shared nearly 5,000 times.

According to the NAIA Terminal 1 administration, Silades needs to go to their office and file a complaint, while Dante Basanta, NAIA Terminal 1 Manager, said they will review the CCTV cameras and make sure to dismiss whoever the culprit was.

With just a few weeks left to his vacation, Silades said he can no longer afford to go to NAIA office. He said he can only share his experience to warn other OFWs to avoid the same incident.

Watch full video of TV Patrol below:

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4 Comments

  1. This is unacceptable. All NAIA personnel should be dismissed. We are being robbed in our own airports.

    • Hindi naman lahat sa NAIA eh magnanakaw. Hanapin yung nagnanakaw, patalsikin at ikulong, at yung immediate supervisor ay meron ding pananagutan at parusahan din, suspendehin ng walang bayad at kung maulit tanggalin ng walang benipisyo at hindi na maaaring magtrabaho sa ano mang ahensiya ng gobyerno. Yung tao sa ibabaw niya ay dapat bigyan din ng sanction, mangyari ulit sa tauhan niya kasama siyang sibakin. Nangyayari yan dahil walang accountability. Sa first world, isang tawag lang, enough to trigger an investigation at eventually makakatanggap ka ng sulat kung ano findings, hindi na kailangang mag show up para nagfile ng firmal complaint, yung ahensiya mismo ng airport in charge sa mga complaints ang magfile ng reklamo. Sa Pilipinas lang may pinatay na, may nakakita at testigo, may umamin, pero hindi kakasuhan dahil walang nagreklamo.

  2. With all that’s happened dyan sa NAIA, siguro naman it is only but fair na palitan na ang dapat palitan.
    Kasi kung ikaw ang namumuno sa isang ahensya at may ganyang “kalakaran” na paulit-ulit ng nagaganap right under your nose, aba’y hindi ka effective na namumuno.
    I believe what NAIA need is a MAJOR, MAJOR revamp, ASAP!

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