No receipt for food confiscated at Ninoy Aquino International Airport

February 27, 2019

AN arriving passenger at the NAIA Terminal 2 chided a Bureau of Quarantine personnel for not issuing any receipt or making a report about some food that was confiscated from her.

The passenger, a Chinese-Filipino who asked that she be identified only by her first name Angelica for fear of reprisal, said when she arrived from Jinjiang aboard PAL flight PR-357 last February 21, BoQ personnel Maria Gracita Otibo confiscated a small plastic bag of abalone from her.

Since she was not instructed to wait for the proper issuance of receipt and the bag of food was already set aside, Angelica said she proceeded to exit the Customs area and then sought the help of this writer, who was in the area at that time, to clarify if indeed, no receipts or other documents are issued during confiscation of goods.

After hearing the passenger’s story, this writer sought out Otibo but instead of answering the query properly,  Otibo began raising her voice and even prohibited taking pictures of the confiscated goods from Angelica and other passengers, all within hearing distance of other employees, one of them examiner, Erwin Espiritu.