Pasay City postal worker, customs employee suspects in mail theft

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Old news, new proof.

A post office personnel and a customs employee were caught in the act of opening a parcel and stealing money contained in the package.

Postman 1 Lovilyn de Leon of the PhilPost Central Mail Exchange Center, and examiner representative Omar Said of the Bureau of Customs, were caught by a closed-circuit television camera on September 2, at around 11 a.m., opening a package they were inspecting and taking an envelope from it.

The incident happened at the PhilPost CMEC Philippine Postal Corp. on NAIA Road, Pasay City, the main PhilPost facility where parcels are sorted out.

Packages are inspected and sorted out by a PhilPost representative and a Customs representative, but can only be opened if the recipient or consignee is also present, Postmaster General Josefina M. De la Cruz said  in an interview Wednesday  morning after a press conference about the exposé at the PhilPost head office in Manila.

De la Cruz, the country’s first postmaster general, admitted that connivances between PhilPost and customs employees may have already been in place  years before she took  over PhilPost six weeks ago.

It may be a “prototype” of large-scale pilferage and theft at post offices nationwide, she added.

While CCTV cameras abound in post offices, this is the first pilferage incident recorded since the detection device was installed six years ago.

The CCTV camera has never caught anyone in the past, and employees were led to believe that it had broken down.

“According to the recipient, the envelope contained 100 euros,” she said. “But that envelope could have contained anything. This is a just an example of what is happening many times, every day, of conniving between customs and our employees. All I’m driving at is there are many ways to abuse the postal service,” De la Cruz said.

The parcel, from the CCTV footage, contained what looked like medicines and a cell phone. How the suspects were able to take an envelope inside the cell phone casing, was a puzzler for De la Cruz.

Such an operation was obviously “a team effort,” she added.

Charges of qualified theft are being readied against the suspects, after the package recipient issued an affidavit in PhilPost before filing a case in the City Prosecutor’s Office.

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  • Anonymous

    Sunogin na ang mga yan! Huling huli na sa kamera, baka ma absuwelto na naman iyan dahil sa technicalities o kaya sa corrupt na Judge…

  • Anonymous

    in the news several months ago, it says that PhilPost is bankrupt because of less business coming in like in the past. mayroon pa rin palang mga weak mind na nag-papadala ng packages diyan. sayang lang ang people taxes na sinusweldo sa mga namumuno at kawani diyan sa philpost, in addition sa maintenance cost nang old building nila.

    if this philpost is not managed just like an ordinary private business, the corruption, pilferages will be always there.  wake up na kayo….wala nang sulat na hinulog sa post office….the internet, e-mails, skypes, texting…ay available na sa lahat.   this modern technologies makes the world small to everyone!!! wake up na kasi kayo diyan sa philpost….tama na ang media mileage…

    at the end hindi pa rin kami believe sainyo maski ano pang padyaryo ninyo…what can you get in filing a case againts these two small fishes…think for bigger buwayas, mas marami sila!!!!

    the use of modernize private courriers – fedex, dhl, aramex, door to door deliveries, etc. is fast, simple and realiable pa.. 

  • Anonymous

    matagal na pong ginagawa ng mga kawatan dyan sa post office na yan. minsan pa, when i claimed my package there before, i was asked if i needed a receipt or not? if not, they will lower the duties of your package. karma na yan mga kupal!!!!!!!!!!!!dapat alisin at papalitan ng mga bagong empleyado dyan. there’s no remedies for that but sweeping revamp.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GV3ZTBOWKJCWVL2RLT4SL4M2NM Isabelle

    Tsk! now I know what happened to my letter. it didn’t contain any money but it was quite thick (7 pages!)..it should have already been there, arrived but still nothing

  • Anonymous

    Matagal ng ginagawa yan.  Hindi na yan bago.  Pinababayaan na lang yan ng hepe nila kasi kaparte sila din jan.  Nabago lang kasi bago na ang namumuno sa kanila.

  • Anonymous

    Pati yun Postal bank ang daming anomalya, hanggang sa pagbibigay ng utang. Meron silang 3% na patong sa bawat utang na maaproved, hindi pa kasama yung 10% sa total amount ng loan.  kaya tignan nyo puro past due ang loan nila.  Lumalabas na utang bili nga postal bank ang mga collateral ng borrowers.  kailangan tignan din yan.

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