Cebu Pacific flight steward accused of Theft

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Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) is investigating a flight steward who allegedly stole Chinese Yuan from passengers in a China-bound flight.

According to lawyer and CEB officer-in-charge for corporate affairs Paterno Mantaring Jr. that the company has been informed of the theft and has been “conducting a thorough investigation in parallel with an independent third-party investigating body.”

Three passengers reportedly found out that they lost cash, amounting to 8,000 Yuan, from their baggage and sought the help of local authorities. The immediate response of the police resulted in the recovery of some of the missing money from inside the aircraft.

The suspected thief, identified in the report as a male steward, had allegedly tried to get rid of the cash in the restroom, throwing them in the trash can and flushing them down the toilet. It was not clear, however, how the male steward ended up as the primary suspect in the theft.

On twitter account of Cebu Pacific Air the statement said:

“CEB has been made aware of an alleged incident of theft in one of our charter flights to China. CEB is conducting a thorough investigation in parallel with an independent, third-party investigating body on this alleged incident. As part of standard procedure, cabin crew members of the said flight will be placed on paid leave and a non-flying status, pending the completion of the investigation. CEB will take the appropriate action, depending on the result of the investigation.”

Cebu Air, Inc., operating as Cebu Pacific, is a Philippine low-cost airline based on the grounds of Ninoy Aquino International Airport(Manila Terminal 3), Pasay City, Metro Manila, the Philippines. It offers scheduled flights to both domestic and international destinations. Its main base is Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila, with other hubs at Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Clark International Airport, Kalibo International Airport Francisco Bangoy International Airport and Iloilo International Airport.

The airline is a subsidiary of JG Summit Holdings. Cebu Pacific is currently headed by Lance Gokongwei, presumptive heir of John Gokongwei, the chairman emeritus of JG Summit. As of January 2013, The company has 3,297 employees. 2,565 were from operations, 429 from the commercial departments, and 303 from the support departments. In October 2010, the airline completed an IPO of 30.4% of outstanding shares. Cebu Pacific carried 12.3 million passengers in 2012 and is now the largest carrier in the Philippines.IMAGE/FACEBOOK/HENRY WONG

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