Good folks are still around at the NAIA

The three hnoest NAIA personnel who found and returned a missing bag to its rightful owner Photo © Nicolas Delgado

A FILIPINO bound for overseas was all praise for three employees of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport who returned his personal belongings which he inadvertently left while looking for an automated teller machine inside Terminal 3 airport.

“You guys restored everything sa akin. Hindi lahat ng nagtatrabaho sa NAIA corrupt, kelangan suhulan, hindi mapagkakatiwalaan, laglag bala guys, siraulo, and kung ano pang negative things (You guys restored everything to me. Not all NAIA employees are corrupt, that you can bribe people, or cannot be trusted, bullet planting gang, crazy people, and all the negative things),” Nicolas Delgado wrote in his Facebook page (

Delgado lost his belongings last July 25 while looking for an ATM machine inside NAIA Terminal 3 departure area. He initially thought he was robbed or taken advantage of only to realize later that he inadvertently left his belongings and completely forgot about them.

Furious and disappointed, Delgado asked everyone in his vicinity if they noticed his black bag, which contains a leather holder and a MacBook laptop. It was at this point that two airport policemen and a security guard approached and informed him that they found his bag.

Manila International Airport Authority’s (MIAA) Public Affairs Department head Connie Bungag identified said the three NAIA personel as Security Guard Dorken Rivera, Airport Police Officer 1 Armando Lao and APO1 Rodrigo Astilla. She said the trio did their best to locate the owner of the black bag which turned out to be Delgado.

Delgado was all praises for the trio. He said their actions proved that not everyone in the airport is corrupt or a thief.

“There are still those who can be trusted,” he said.

Meanwhile, MIAA general manager Ed Monreal stressed that nt everyone who works as the airport is bad.

“That is what I am telling you people, not all employees or officials working at the airport are corrupt and dishonest. Still, there are people who are honest to their job and we need those guys here at the airport,” Monreal said.


Benjie Vergara
A veteran reporter covering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. He is currently writing for Manila Times, the Philippines' oldest newspaper.

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