NAIA security officer accused of theft suspended, to face complaint

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20) – Office for Transportation Security (OTS) Administrator Ma. O Aplasca on Wednesday said the security officer involved with theft at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 is now under preventive suspension pending a probe.

He also said the OTS is now in the process of filing an administrative case and a possible criminal case against the erring officer.

“Today, we have already forwarded the filing of the administrative case to our legal department,” Aplasca said in an interview with CNN Philippines’ News Night.

He said the filing of legal action is part of an internal cleansing program to rid the OTS of misfits and scalawags.

“We will not rest until we're able to identify and dismiss the last perpetrator of these nefarious activities,” he added.

READ: Authorities probe alleged theft by NAIA security officer

The OTS administrator said the incident happened on Sept. 8 but they only got enough evidence through CCTV footage on Sept. 14.

The suspected NAIA officer, meanwhile, continues to deny allegations of theft.

The OTS said the identity of the security officer involved has been established but it will remain concealed until the investigation is completed.

The agency earlier said it is working with the Manila International Airport Authority and the Philippine National Police Aviation Security on the case.

In a statement on Wednesday, MIAA officer-in-charge Bryan Co said airport frontliners whose actions completely negate efforts to improve the service levels at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport have no place in the country's main gateway.

"We trust the leadership of the OTS. Their immediate request for viewing of the CCTV footage shortly after the incident happened, is a manifestation of their resolve to take quick action against erring personnel," he said.

Co added that the OTS is taking the necessary steps to watch over and protect the majority of its members who stay true to their duties.