A Filipino member of a gang that targeted and robbed returning Filipino migrant workers has been arrested at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.
On Sunday, Rey John Manglay was arrested at Terminal 3 of NAIA after authorities identified him from security camera footage. Manglay reportedly would befriend newly arrived Filipino migrant workers at the airport before stealing their money and other belongings, Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.
According to Ed Monreal, general manager of Manila International Airport Authority, Manglay, who used a variety of identities, allegedly victimized over 20 migrant workers.
One of the victims, Harija Panayaman Hamsa, who worked as a domestic worker in Kuwait for three years, said that when she arrived in Manila on February 27, Manglay welcomed her in NAIA Terminal 1 and accompanied her to Terminal 3.
Hamsa said Manglay claimed he was also a migrant worker who was heading to Saudi Arabia to work as a waiter. He befriended her while she awaited an internal flight to General Santos City.
An hour before her flight, when Hamsa had to go to the bathroom, Manglay said he would watch over her belongings. However, when she returned, he had disappeared along with her baggage reportedly containing cash, jewelry and valuables worth 200,000 pesos (US$3,792).
After the incident, Hamsa filed a complaint with the authorities.
Manglay was initially picked up at NAIA Terminal 1 for using a fake ID. An examination of his belongings turned up IDs from several of his victims, including Hamsa.