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CAAP raises alert security level due to bomb threats

Continuous inspections
Continuous inspections being conducted within landside areas of the Bicol International Airport complex

A total of 42 commercial airports of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) were placed on heightened alert on October 6, following a warning received by the Air Traffic Service via email that aircrafts from Manila, bound to Puerto Princesa, Mactan-Cebu, Bicol and Davao International Airports are about to be set off by a bomb.

CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio said tha twhile the information is currently under validation, immediate enhanced security measures are being implemented across all airports.

He said a Memorandum was issued by MGen. Ricardo C. Banayat, AFP (Ret.), Assistant Director General II of the CAAP Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) stating that all CAAP airports and area centers shall augment adequate security personnel to manage the expected high volume of passengers and vehicle traffic. This is to ensure the safety and security of passengers, airport personnel, and the airport’s facilities.

Thorough inspections
Thorough inspections of passenger luggage conducted at the Bicol International Airport

Stringent access control procedures for both personnel and vehicles will be implemented, accompanied by thorough inspections of passengers and cargo, he said, adding that CAAP-CSIS personnel are collaborating closely with the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group (PNP-AVSEGROUP) and Military Authorities, intensifying intelligence and monitoring operations with other security units.

Continuous foot and mobile patrols are also being conducted within both the airside and landside areas of the airport complex while airport Security Coordination Meetings will also be convened with all relevant stakeholders to ensure the strict implementation of security measures aimed at preventing any unlawful interference with civil aviation, Apolonio said.

Anonymous email
Anonymous email from a certain ‘Pilipinas Kong Mahal’ warning the Air Traffic Service of CAAP that aircrafts from Manila, bound to Mactan-Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Bicol, and Davao are about to be set off by a bomb

He added that passengers who will be traveling internationally are advised to arrive at the airport at least three hours before their scheduled flight to avoid any inconvenience.

“We also urge the public to cooperate fully with security personnel and to remain vigilant while at the airport. Safety and security remain our top priorities, and these measures are being taken to safeguard all those who use our airports, ” he said.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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