The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has placed all airports in the country on heightened alert after supposed threats were received by some facilities over the past week.
In an interview on Super Radyo dzBB on Thursday, CAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio said extra precautions have been implemented in line with the CAAP’s standard operating procedure.
“Magdadagdag tayo ng personnel sa strategic areas ng airport, yung vehicle check mandated po ‘yan, full patrol. Advised natin ‘yung mga stakeholders, airlines, quarters natin,” he said.
The announcement followed the discovery of a supposed bomb threat on a note found in an airplane’s restroom at Bicol International Airport on Wednesday, disrupting operations.
Another alleged bomb threat delivered via social media to all airports made the rounds on social media.
“Actually, yung word na ‘heightened’ alert ay dagdag lang po yung pero actually ang airport ay talagang mahigpit talaga,” Apolonio said.
He also added that the CAAP and the Philippine National Aviation Security Group is working on identifying the people behind the threats.
“May mga security layers naman po ang aircraft, di ko lang po pwedeng idikta dahil internal po nila ‘yan, pero pagtulungan po ng mismong piloto at ng ating AVSE group palagay ko makikita naman po yan,” he said.
“[On the bomb threat via social media,] iniimbestigahan na po ito dahil madali na matrace dahil sa internet na pinadala eh. Yung ating mga expert sa DICT, makikita ‘yan,” he added.
Under the 2022 Terrorism Act, any individual found guilty of making bomb threats could be fined up to P40,000 and face up to 15 years in prison. — Jiselle Anne C. Casucian/BM, GMA Integrated News