NAIA tightens security after Jolo blasts

By Benjamin Lim Vergara

(File photo) Cops on patrol as security at NAIA was heightened ©

THE latest bombing in Jolo that killed at least 20 people and wounded 81 others caused further intensified security inspection at the country’s main gateway.

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s (NAIA) Office for Transportation Security (OTS) has started giving instructions to their personnel to make simultaneous checking of all passengers entering at the airport complex at the initial and final security check to ensure that no firearms or explosives could be smuggled into the facilities.

Officials of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), NAIA’s operator, in a statement, said “we are still on security condition 1 though on heightened alert.”

The officials said security level 1, which is the minimum appropriate protective security measures shall be maintained at all times.

The OTS, as the designated authority/administration, sets the security level for pots within the Philippine territory and for all Philippine flagged ships.

OTS head executive assistant Napoleon Cuaton said all airport in Mindanao has under heightened alert following the bombing in Jolo.

“Our security forces in Mindanao airports were given directives to be extra vigilant.”

He added that strict security measures in Mindanao has been enforced as well as other airports in Visayas and Luzon including the NAIA.

Cuaton said that passengers and airport users at the NAIA will encounter or undergo again rigid inspection due to heightened alert status.

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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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