Another issue at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has been uncovered, this time involving airport police who allegedly tried to smuggle 47 endangered animals to Japan last week.
The rescued wildlife included tarsiers, snakes, monitor lizards, sailfin lizards, eagle and scops owls packed in styrofoam cases labeled as aquatic plants, Today online reported.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources biodiversity bureau Director Mundita Lim said they were able to receive a tip regarding the suspect’s illegal activities in January.
“That is when we began our surveillance. We already observed (the suspect) going back and forth to the airport, transporting items for shipping,” she said.
According to Lim, the erring airport cop was a repeat offender who was suspected of earlier sending a shipment of indigenous animals to Japan.
She said the suspect, who is facing up to four year of jail time, used his position in order to smuggle the animals to his partner based there.
Various scandals are plaguing the NAIA including dilapidated facilities, rude taxi drivers, and the alleged laglag bala extortion scheme.
Aside from being a national embarrassment, these issues have resulted in NAIA being named as one of the worst airports in the world.