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Newborn baby left in plane bin found at Manila airport

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Media captionThe baby was named using Gulf Air's airline code

Philippine authorities are looking for the mother of a newborn baby found in an airliner rubbish bag.

The baby boy arrived on a Gulf Air flight from Bahrain on Sunday, covered in blood and wrapped in tissue paper, with his umbilical cord still attached.

The boy was cleaned and given a bottle of milk at an airport clinic in Manila, and was said to be in good health.

A government official said police had been told to search for the mother, who could face criminal charges.

The boy, named George Francis after Gulf Air's airline code GF, would either be handed over to the mother or other relatives, or put up for adoption, said Corazon Soliman, the Philippine social welfare secretary.

According to a statement from Ninoy Aquino International Airport, a security officer found the boy after noticing something moving inside a rubbish bag that was unloaded from the plane's toilet.

Doctors who took the boy into their care said he looked Filipino, leading to speculation that his mother could be one of the many Filipinos who work as domestic staff in the Gulf.

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