Salisi gang member victimizing OFWs nabbed at NAIA 1

Published March 12, 2019, 12:00 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Ariel Fernandez 

The gang’s modus operandi is to make the rounds of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), posing as passengers on the lookout for arriving passengers, most especially unsuspecting overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

They befriend their victims until they are able to lull them into leaving their belongings with them. And before the victims could even realize it, the suspects have already walked away with their things.


One of the gang’s member Rey John Manglay, 23 and an Isabela native, was about to pull off another caper last Sunday until he was nabbed by an alert airport policeman just as he was trying to gain entry into NAIA through the Shuttle Bus Transfer Area.

SPO2 Diomedes Roca was conducting monitoring at the shuttle bus transfer area when he chanced upon Manglay just as he was logging in under the name of Arjhay Valdez on the transfer passenger records.

Roca then noticed that Manglay was the same person identified by a previous victim in a CCTV footage as the one who took her luggage.

Roca then approached the suspect and asked for additional proof of identification. Based on a passport, voter’s ID and driver’s license, it turned out that Arjhay Valdez was actually Manglay.

Further investigation showed that Manglay also had in his possession a barangay clearance for a certain Rey John Feliciano.

Manglay was first identified by Harija Panayaman Hamsa, who arrived last February 27 and sought the help of the Airport Police Department Intelligence and Investigation Division because a man had walked away with her belongings just as she used the restroom at a convenience store in NAIA 3.

On March 8, Hamsa pointed to Valdez as the one who took her things after viewing the CCTV footages of the convenience store.

An alarm for any person resembling Valdez was sounded off to all security personnel at the NAIA that led to the arrest of the suspect, who turned out to be Manglay.

Upon further verification and inspection Roca found in Manglay’s possession Hamsa’s passport, a voter’s ID belonging to a certain Evelyn Paran, a black wallet with some currency in it, a school ID, a Philhealth card belonging to Edsnelyn Joy Paracale, a Samsung Galaxy J Prime, a power bank, and an assortment of ID cards.

Last Monday, Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal and Airport Police Chief Investigator Roque Alcantara presented to the media Malangay, who is said to be a member of a “salisi” gang operating at the NAIA.

Monreal reminded all arriving OFWs not to talk to strangers.