When you’re returning from a visit to glorious Hong Kong, all you want to bring home are fabulous memories, not a bag that’s been cracked opened and looted.
Unfortunately for Maria Melencia Nabor, that’s exactly what happened. When her black luggage came out of the baggage carousel of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2, it was clearly damaged, with a broken zipper and only two strips of tape holding it together.
Upon opening it, she discovered several items missing — jewelry, accessories and gifts for her baby. Total estimated worth? PHP50,000.
The Filipina balikbayan, who said this is the first time this has happened to her in all her trips from Hong Kong, then took a photo of her damaged luggage and approached an airport staff for help.
NAIA authorities told her that the incident must have happened in Hong Kong. Yeah, right.
David de Castro, spokesperson for Manila International Airport Authority, also emphasized that it’s the airline company — Philippine Airlines, in this case — that should be responsible for the safety of their passengers’ baggages.
PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said they are investigating the matter and monitoring the surveillance cameras in Hong Kong and the ground handling facilities of PAL in Manila.