Office of Transport Security (OTS) head Roland Recamono admitted that he was unaware that four Filipinas carrying 2.5 kilos of [ cocaine] have been arrested in Hong Kong.
Recamono said that it was the first time he had learned of the arrest.
He was also surprised as to how 2.5 kilos of cocaine were able to slip past two X-ray machines which are manned by airport screeners in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
The airport screeners were responsible for the seizure of bullets from passengers, presumably victims of the tanim-bala scam. While they were able to detect bullets from passengers, they failed to detect prohibited drugs on the hand-carried luggage of the arrested Filipinas.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed that four Filipinas were arrested when their flight from Manila arrived in Hong Kong sometime in September.
Airport sources revealed that the four Filipinas arrested in Hong Kong boarded Cebu Pacific commercial flight 5J142 on September 26.
Sheryl Chua, Marilou Thomas, Remelyn Roque, and a dentist identified as Dr. Ana Loella were arrested when they arrived in Hong Kong International Airport when they were caught with 2.5 kilos of cocaine.
Recamono promised that OTS will carry out an investigation following this major breach of airport security.
Meanwhile, the DFA has organized a legal team to handle the case in Hong Kong.
Source : Abs-Cbn