Now this is a real “Flush Report.”
Authorities are investigating the series of thefts happening at the public restrooms of Ninoy Aquino International Airport, which reportedly caused discomfort to passengers, especially foreign air travelers.
Manila International Airport Authority officials said the thefts of toilet flush valves from public comfort rooms in NAIA Terminals 1, 2 and 4 happened between April and June 2022.
Two incidents happened at the women’s restrooms in Terminal 1, while six flush valves were stolen in Terminal 2.
A stainless toilet flush valve costs from P4,000 to P6,200 each, airport officials said.
MIAA chief information officer Connie Bungag said the Airport Authority has already identified one possible suspect, believed to be in cahoots with other individuals who are still subject of continuing surveillance operations.
“The identity of the possible suspect matched CCTV footages and the description given by building attendants who brought the latest incident to the attention of MIAA authorities,” said Bungag.
“Once evidence is established, the MIAA shall file the necessary criminal complaint with the Pasay Prosecutors Office,” she added.
In 2019, the MIAA management formed a special team to go after members of the so-called Salisi Gang and other criminal elements operating at the airport.
The Authority came up with the measure to protect air travelers, especially overseas Filipino workers, from being victimized by the criminals.
The management adopted the “roving buddy” system in going after the gang members. It hired and deployed undercover agents to four terminals to monitor and look after thieves, con men and petty criminals who victimize unsuspecting passengers.
Salisi Gang members lurk anywhere where there are people — malls, restaurants, fastfood joints, computer shops, bars, and clubs — and are just waiting for you to get distracted. Joel E. Zurbano