Spanish tourist’s Php770k lost cash recovered by NAIA
A potential disaster for Spanish tourist Marco Muñoz Santiago surprisingly turned out smoothly after Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) cops recovered his lost cash and passport intact in a few hours.
Santiago was at the Naia Tuesday morning to return a baggage he mistakenly claimed. Afterward, he realised that he had forgotten his shoulder bag containing cash in the cab he took to the airport. The 80-year-old tourist immediately got in touch with airport police to get his belongings back.
Airport Police Department Chief Jesus Descanzo said that after being alerted by Santiago they dispatched investigators to the tourist’s hotel. Through hotel information, they got the name of the taxi operator and the cab’s plate number. The operator in turn contacted the driver.
Naia cops found the parked taxi at around 4:30pm along Pedro Gil Street in Ermita. The driver gave up the shoulder bag to the police.
The bag contained US$8,200, US$250-worth of travellers’ checks, and 9,800 Australian dollars (combined worth of Php770,000) plus Santiago’s eyeglasses and passport. The tourist, who is a retired physical therapist, thanked the police for their work.
Santiago’s case is not the only baggage problem Naia officials have to deal with daily. According to a report, Naia’s lost and found items section had already stored more than 3,000 unclaimed items from August 2013 to February 2014.
Officials from the Intelligence and Investigation Division of Naia remind the public to take extra care of their belongings while at the airport. Items in the lost and found section of the airport do not include baggage that had already been checked in with airlines.