By Ma. Cristina C. Arayata
MANILA (PNA) – The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) maintains its full alert status, Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal said on Wednesday.
NAIA has been placed in full alert status since Sept. 3 due to bombing incident in Davao City a day before.
Monreal earlier said the full alert status was MIAA’s proactive measure to ensure safety and security of the public and airport users.
MIAA has full coordination with the PNP Aviation Security Group (AVSEGROUP).
On Wednesday, MIAA’s SMS hotline (0917-TEXNAIA) got a text message stating, “ISIS next target Manila”.
Airport authorities said they were not taking this “text scare” lightly even if the agency’s hotline was a publicly listed number.
MIAA sought the help of other government agencies and the AVSEGROUP to verify the text message and track the sender.
Upon receiving the text message, police officers and K-9 units became more visible around the airport in the afternoon.
Authorities assured the public that they remained vigilant and alert against any attempt to disrupt airport operations.
Meanwhile, Monreal said he planned to strengthen the agency’s current capabilities. The AVSEGROUP, for instance, wants to enhance its capability against drug trafficking.
Monreal said he was currently requesting for budget to buy narco and explosive detection device, which costs around Php 5 million.
“We target to have at least 10 units, and we wish we could have them