US marines stopped at NAIA?

By Benjamin Lim Vergara

SEVERAL United States marines were stopped and questioned on Friday by unfazed security personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for bringing in 60 live ammunition and 17 magazines inside the airport’s Terminal 3.

The US marines, who were part of the just concluded Balikatan exercises held in Zamboanga, were leaving for Japan via Delta Airlines Flight 180.

The US servicemen were stopped by Office for Transportation Services personnel after images of bullets and magazines showed at the x-ray machine monitor. The ammo and magazines, OTS officials said, were found allegedly in the bag of Daniel Barlow.

Airport source said that lack of coordination between concern agency of the government and the liaison personnel on the part of the US marines was the cause.

The marines were later allowed to board their flight after papers and documents for the bullets and magazines were presented by the US liaison personnel.

Recently, the US Transportation Security Administration recently made a security audit at the NAIA and have 16 recommendations that the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) should address.

The TSA has urged the Philippines to carry out effective security consistent with the security standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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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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