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By Miko Morelos
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—A Filipino-American serving in the United States Navy jumped to his death Monday morning, a day after his arrest for drug possession at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2.

Superintendent Manuel Pintado, deputy chief of the Aviation Security Group, said Lt. Cmdr. Scintar B. Mejia, 35, died due to complications resulting from his fall.

The Navy officer, who had been taken to the Police Center for Aviation Security (PCAS) office at NAIA Terminal 1 following his arrest on Sunday night, jumped headfirst into a stairwell on the second floor of the building.

A day before his death, airport policemen accosted him at the airport pre-departure area after an X-ray check of his hand-carried bag showed a sachet that contained a white powdery substance, Pintado said.

Mejia, who held a US diplomatic passport, was then about to board a Philippine Airlines flight bound for Los Angeles.

When he was asked about the contents of the sachet, he went into hysterics and threw the item in question at the operator of the X-ray machine. He claimed that he was being framed, prompting the operator to call for police assistance.

A check of the sachet, which was conducted by a Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency agent assigned to the airport, confirmed that it contained cocaine.

Mejia was subsequently taken to the PCAS office for questioning.

On Monday morning, Mejia told his guards that he wanted to go to the toilet. When they went there and found it occupied, the Fil-Am insisted on going outside the building to relieve himself.

As he and his guards were walking toward the exit, Mejia, who was in handcuffs, ran off and jumped into a stairwell. He fell headfirst from a height of at least 10 feet.

Authorities rushed him to San Juan de Dios Medical Center but he died at around 6:45 a.m.

Police said the US Embassy had been informed of Mejia’s death.
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Re: US Navy Lt. Cmdr. Scintar B. Mejia Died at Manila Airport
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2010, 09:32:19 AM »
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  • Correction. Lt. Commander Meija was Wrongly accused.

    American serviceman wrongly accused of smuggling out cocaine
    FROM:  The Philippines News Agency ~
    MANILA, Philippines
    American serviceman Lt. Cmdr. Scintar B. Mejia should have been promoted to
    the rank of full commander in the Navy if he did not leap to his death at
    the stairway of the Police Center for Aviation Security office at the Ninoy
    Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Monday.
    Mejia on Sunday was wrongly accused of smuggling out a plastic sachet of
    cocaine, where he was apprehended and brought to the office of the Police
    Center for Aviation Security at the NAIA complex before he could board his
    Philippine Airlines flight to Los Angeles.
    According to a report by PDEA Director III Wilkins M. Villanueva, dated
    December 27, which was only released Tuesday, citing the laboratory result
    prepared by PDEA's chemist Maria Therese Anne L. Domingo that the substance
    in question turned out to have negative findings of dangerous drugs.
    Earlier, reports said security personnel Jose Saul Villegas, not knowing
    that Mejia was a US Naval officer, sought police assistance after Mejia
    allegedly became hysterical and shouted invectives on him. Villegas told
    investigators that Mejia threw a plastic sachet that contained the suspected
    Villegas said in the report that he noticed "a white powdery substance
    inside the transparent plastic sachet thrown unto him earlier by the suspect
    which was suspected to be cocaine."
    The suspect was arrested by policemen SPO2 Roberto D. Figueras and SPO1
    Mateo Aguilas for possible violation of RA 9165 and violation of Article 155
    for Alarm and Scandal.
    When he was in the custody of the aviation police, Mejia asked his escort
    cops if he could go to the comfort room but it was occupied.
    He begged policemen SPO2 Figueras and SPO1 Aguilas to allow him to relieve
    himself outside the building which the two policemen granted.
    When Mejia was already walking with the aviation police, he ran off towards
    the door of the building and jumped at the approximately ten-feet-high
    stairway hitting his head to the ground. He later died at the San Juan De
    Dios Hospital for head injuries.
    US embassy officials through Joey McGee of the Police Protection Department
    were informed of the incident, while Pasay Police Office had been requested
    for an impartial investigation of the case.


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