Air travelers warned from bringing firearms and ammunition in Philippine airports

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THE Manila International Airport Authority warns travelers from bringing firearms and ammunition into the airport without the proper documentation lest they violate the law and face prosecution.

This develops after an American traveler was arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport after he was caught in possession of a semi-automatic pistol with several pieces of ammunition and gun magazines.

James Edward Hill Jr., a Guam resident, was passing through a security checkpoint at NAIA Termnal 1 when he was found to be in possession of a Ruger P85 9mm caliber firearm with 57 pieces of ammunition and two magazines in violation of Republic Act 10591 (the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act). He was immediately apprehended.

Hill admitted to owning the firearm and the bullets saying that these were given to him by his relatives in the Philippines and he wanted to bring it home abroad. He added that he had sought advice from his airline and was only told to place the firearm in its safety case noting that he was not informed about the need to obtain pertinent documents for the items. 

MIAA officials said the Philippine National Police is strict when it comes to checking clearances for the transport of such items whether in small quantities or large shipment.

“Regardless of the quantity or purpose of transport, the public is advised to secure documents with the police prior to the date of departure,” MIAA said.

Benjie Vergara
A veteran reporter covering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. He is currently writing for Manila Times, the Philippines' oldest newspaper.

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