Members of the Airport Police Department (APD) of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) recovered onTuesday afternoon the cash and valuables left by a Spanish tourist in a cab en route to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 last Monday.
Reports reaching APD chief Jesus Gordon Descanzo said Spanish tourist Marco Munoz Santiago, 80, a pensioner, arrived Monday via a Qantas Airways flight and checked-in at Palm Hotel in Manila.
The following day, Santiago took a cab from Palm Hotel heading to NAIA Terminal 1 to return a baggage he wrongly claimed. It was when Santiago alighted from the cab that he realized that he had left his shoulder bag in the cab. He reported the matter to the APD.
The APD intelligence and investigation section (APD-IIS) then contacted the Palm Hotel management to gather information on the cab which Santiago took in going to the airport. Luckily, the hotel management was able to jot down the taxi’s details and said it was a “Kevin Carlo” taxi.
The APD-IIS personnel coordinated with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to locate the taxi operator who in turn contacted the taxi driver.
The APD-IIS operatives were able to locate the taxi driver along Pedro Gil late Tuesday afternoon where his taxi was parked. When accosted, the driver admitted having found Santiago’s bag but no effort was made by him to locate its rightful owner.
When inventoried, Santiago’s bag yielded 17 pieces US$ 100 bills, 98 pieces of AUS$ 100 bills, five pieces traveler’s check at US$ 50 each, 13 pieces of US$ 500 or an estimated total of P790,000, and a passport and eyeglasses.
The APD-IIS returned the bag to Santiago. PNA