The Bureau of Customs (BoC) Port of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)relieved a duty examiner from service after allegedly extorting a Korean national.
Apparently, Korean national Lee Sungchul, who arrived in the country last 1 September via Cebu Pacific Air flight 5J5057 from Japan at NAIA Terminal 3, filed a complaint against Customs Operation Officer III Carmelito Mantal (Customs examiner) for allegedly extorting an undetermined amount of Japanese yen.
BoC-NAIA district collector Carmelita Mimel Talusan ordered the investigation of the incident and the review of closed-circuit television footage.
After reviewing the CCTV, it appeared there was reasonable ground to believe the allegations.
Talusan immediately ordered the removal of Mantal’s name from the list of NAIA duty examiners and relieved him from service. He is also prohibited from rendering work at all passenger service terminals of the bureau.
The Customs official said she already wrote Manila International Airport Authority general manager Ed Monreal requesting the immediate cancellation and revocation of Mantal’s MIAA ID/access pass.