Security was tight at the airport. Even working NAIA Terminal 1 ground personnel were barred from taking pictures or videos of the “Material Girl” when she disembarked from a chartered Boeing B757-200 aircraft that flew in from Hong Kong at 1:59am. They were told by airport officials to keep their cellphones away.
The pop star, who was to perform on Feb. 24 and 25 in a local mall, was immediately whisked to a waiting car at the remote parking area of the airport and was escorted out by fleet of vehicles loaded with burly looking foreign and local security personnel.
NAIA sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said immigration officials hurriedly met Madonna and her staff inside their chartered plane to stamp their passports. As a result, Madonna and her people did not pass through the normal airport immigration, customs and security procedures, a privilege usually reserved for top foreign diplomats.