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NAIA security up after blast

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport has been placed on full alert status following the bombing in Davao City Friday.

“This is not to alarm the public. We have raised our alert status as a proactive measure to ensure safety and security of airport users,” said Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal.

“We have directed baggage screeners to remain vigilant and discerning and to conduct thorough inspection only when the need calls for it. We do not want to cause inconvenience in the process by creating long lines at the baggage screening checkpoints,” Monreal said.

The airport chief also said that as a matter of procedure during full alert status, “we have full complement in our Airport Police Department.”

Monreal advised airport users not to be alarmed with increased police visibility within the terminal buildings and outer vicinities of NAIA.

“Our K9 units will also be a common sight in the complex under this situation,” the airport chief added.

Security personnel at checkpoints shall conduct random rigid inspections on motor vehicles and the public is advised to oblige for their own protection. 

Issuance of access for the purpose of meeting or sending off passengers has also been limited.

“Depending on intelligence reports, we may completely suspend issuance of visitor’s passes for everyone’s safety,” Monreal said.

“Together with the PNP-Aviation Security Group, we appeal to everyone to bear with us during this time,” Monreal said.

The Metro Rail Transit and Light Rail Transit are also on full alert. (Ariel Fernandez and PNA)