Happy days are over for a resident swindler of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after he was nabbed by Airport Police Department (APD) operatives.
APD chief, Col. Adrian Tecson identified the suspect as Glen Mar Aco, alias Markie Lopez, 32, a resident of Pangil, Laguna.
Based on the investigation of Inspector Jess Ducutin, Aco likes to mention to his acquaintances that he has an uncle working at the Bureau of Immigration (BI) office in NAIA, who can do favors for airport passengers in exchange for a little fee.
It was this same favor that Aco dangled to a certain woman from Capiz who had been wanting to leave the country to work as an overseas Filipino worker (OFW). Her name was withheld by authorities.
The two reportedly met at the NAIA Terminal 3 departure area last April 13. Aco told the woman that his supposed immigration officer uncle can help her get through BI checks and leave for Dubai, if she will pay P16,230.
Aco even showed the prospective victim several documents to prove that he has indeed helped other OFWs. And so, the lady was convinced.
Having paid the grease money, the woman attempted to leave for her supposed work destination shorty after but, to her surprise, was offloaded by BI agents at the airport. It turned out that the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test that Aco gave her was fake.
Then, on Wednesday, April 21, Aco reportedly contacted the woman and asked for another P15,000 to be given to his uncle. Realizing that she had been duped, the victim filed a complaint before the APD on Thursday, April 22.
Ducutin later staged an operation at the same departure area to catch the suspect. While police was arresting him, the unrepentant Aco threatened them and said, “Anong karapatan ninyo na isama ako, airport police lang kayo. Alam ko kung sino kayo at isusumbong ko kayo sa tito kong opisyal na taga immigration tignan natin ang tapang niyo (What right do you have to arrest me, you’re merely airport police. I know who you are, I will tell my uncle about this, he is an immigration official, let’s see how brave you are).”
The APD later learned that Aco had been involved in many cases of swindling under several aliases. His supposed uncle from BI wasn’t identified.
The woman charged the suspect with estafa, while police charged him with unjust vexation, resistance and disobedience to persons of authority, and using fictitious name and concealing true name.