PNP to review security measures at NAIA

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Monday, September 1, 2014

POLICE said Monday it will review the security measures at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after authorities foiled an attempt to blow up a car bomb inside the NAIA Terminal 3.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Aviation Security Group chief Christopher Laxa said there is a need to review the security measures being implemented in all NAIA terminals citing the "only visual vehicle inspection" at the entrance of the airport vicinity as one which needs to be upgraded.

He said vehicles entering the airport cannot be checked thoroughly since it would take some time and can cause traffic build-up in the area.

Two hundred eighty security personnel are securing all four NAIA terminals where 80 of them are from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

Laxa said it was agreed during the meeting with the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) officials that security measures in all airports should be reviewed and stricter rules will be observed as soon as possible to avoid similar incident, which threatens public safety and peace and order.

He said they have yet to receive details of the arrest of four people by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for assembling pieces of explosive device inside a parked car at the NAIA Terminal 3.

The NBI said the supposed plot is targeting the airport and the posh mall, which houses a casino, in front of it.

Laxa said operations in all airport terminals, however, remained normal on Monday as arresting officers were able to carry-out the arrest of four suspects peacefully and carefully.

In a statement, MIAA assured the public that they have nothing to be afraid of, the NAIA remains safe, and that it will continue to closely coordinate with the law enforcement agencies.

"Airport security personnel continue to stay vigilant in their respective areas," it said. (Sunnex)

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