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Security at airports tightened after Davao blast

MANILA – Airport security checks have been tightened as the country’s main gateway was placed on the highest alert following a deadly explosion in the southern city of Davao, an official said Saturday.

Vehicles entering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport will be subjected to more rigid inspections while access to people sending off or welcoming passengers will be limited, said Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal.

The security adjustments were part of “proactive measure to ensure safety and security of airport users,” Monreal said.

“Depending on intelligence reports, we may completely suspend issuance of visitors’ passes for everyone’s safety,” he added, as he appealed to the public for patience.

Airport security centers have been reactivated to ensure public safety in the country’s 81 domestic airports, said Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) spokesman Eric Apolonio.

“What we are doing is for their own safety,” said Apolonio, who recommended passengers arrive at the airport at least two hours before their flights to adjust for security procedures.

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