NCRPO may recommend continuous ban of some liquids in trains
MANILA, Philippines — National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Guillermo Eleazar said Friday that he might consider recommending the continuous ban of some liquids in lines 1 and 2 of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3).
“Pwedeng i-recommend natin iyon (continuous ban),” Eleazar told INQUIRER.net. “Para sa akin iyon pa rin ang recommendation natin, but it’s up to the [management of the] MRT [and LRT].”
(We may recommend that. For me, it remains our recommendation, but it’s up to the management of the MRT and the LRT.)
The management of the LRT and the MRT earlier said the ban was implemented based on the recommendation of the police as part of measures to secure commuters after the deadly bombings in Jolo, Sulu, which left 23 killed and 95 wounded.
The MRT-3 later released a list of some liquid items still permitted inside the trains, including breast milk in bottles for babies, over-the-counter medications, and liquid for passengers with a health condition, among others.
According to Eleazar, he may also recommend to the management of the transit systems that some liquids be allowed in train stations, provided that security personnel will take a photo of the commuter, his or her identity card, and the item that will be brought inside the train stations.
He also appealed to the public for understanding, saying that the ban is only part of the security measures being implemented in Metro Manila.
The NCRPO has lowered on Thursday its alert level from full to heightened alert status after the Philippine National Police declared the case of the Jolo bombings solved. /ee
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