4 NAIA employees nabbed for stealing jewels of Turkish exec’s wife

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The jewels that were allegedly recovered from the arrested persons.

FOUR airport personnel working at the baggage loading station of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport  Terminal 1 were arrested for allegedly stealing millions worth jewelry owned by the wife of the Turkish Foreign Minister who attended the recent Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Manila.

Manila International Airport Authority  general manager Ed Monreal identified the suspects as Yves Ronald Baguion, Wilson Mataganas, John Andrews Racoma,  and one Mr. Alfaro, all employees of Miascor Ground Handling Corp. assigned at the NAIA terminal 1.

Recovered from suspects was a jewelry box containing one white gold ring with diamonds 7 (Escada), one gold ring with five diamond ornaments, one gold ring with big pearl ornament, one small gold ring with small pearl ornament, one set of round pearl earrings, one set of flat pearl earrings, one round pearl earrings, one gold chain bracelet with diamonds, one set cross-like earrings and one ring with precious stones.

Connie Bungag, Manila International Airport Authority – Public Affairs Office chief, said the suspects confessed to stealing  the items.

“The owner is Madame Hulya Cavusoglu, wife of the Turkish Foreign Minister  (who flew out of Manila )  via Turkish Airline flight on 04 August 2017,” said Bungag in a message sent to Viber.

She said the theft was reported  on Aug. 7 to MIAA assistant general manager Ehran Balaban and to  Ufuk Apaydin, Turkish Airline country and station manager.

“The access pass privileges of the suspects have been canceled by MIAA and their names have been placed on our stop list,” said Bungag.

She added Miascor officials will conduct their own investigation to determine the administrative sanction against the suspects.

“The filing of a criminal case against them shall rest on Miascor or Turkish Air,” Bungag said.

Monreal said the four suspects were arrested by the MIAA Intelligence and Investigation Division led by Erick Mejia, with  Jesus Ducusin; Jessie Goforth; Goldwin Cuarteros; Joymar Logronio; Joel Jonson and Jean Marie Bumindang of MIASCOR after they conducted surveillance at the baggage loading station of the NAIA Terminal 1  following the report of the theft incident.

The jewelry box was recovered at 12:30 am on August 8. 2017 after Intelligence operatives  inspected the lockers of baggage loader personnel at the NAIA Terminal 1.

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