MANILA (Mabuhay) – Following the recent disappearance of a commercial Malaysian airplane, Malacañang on Monday said that the Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration (BI) might consider reviewing its own procedures.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in Monday’s Palace briefing that while he has not yet heard of security measures the BI plans to improve, he said that measures remain strict.
“Right now, I think our security measures are very strict but certainly it gives us a cause to look again into our security measures,” Lacierda said.
“I’m sure the Bureau of Immigration will see this incident as a way of reviewing our procedures,” he added.
The Malaysian airlines plane, (Boeing 777-200) disappeared from radar screens some 40 minutes into its flight to Beijing, China on Saturday morning.
It was last detected over the seas between Malaysia and Vietnam.
Neighboring countries, including the Philippines is helping in the continuing search operations.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is patrolling the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) in hopes of locating the missing Malaysian airplane.
Reports showed that there have been at least two passengers on board holding fake passports which reveal the airlines’ flawed security system.
Lacierda, meanwhile, said that he will also ask BI Commissioner Siegfred Mison what procedures are in place with respect to stolen passports.(MNS)