Aquino orders DOTC to strengthen security amid Brussels attack | Inquirer News

Aquino orders DOTC to strengthen security amid Brussels attack

/ 06:41 PM March 22, 2016

In light of the explosions that rocked Brussels airport and subway system on Tuesday, President Benigno Aquino III ordered the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to fortify security in the country’s airports, sea ports and land transportation facilities.

“In view of the latest bombing incident in Brussels airport, President Aquino has directed Transportation Secretary [Joseph] Abaya to further strengthen security measures to ensure public safety in all airports, sea ports and bus and mass transport terminals and stations,” said Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. in a statement.


READ: At least 13 dead as blasts rock Brussels airport, metro


Coloma said security measures in place included vehicle checkpoints at entrances, X-ray screening, and inspection of all persons, luggage and hand-carried items upon entry in terminal buildings. “These measures have been implemented in the Philippines’ international airports that are observing more stringent security measures than those observed in Brussels and other international airports,” he said.

Citing Abaya, Coloma said all concerned DOTC agencies were implementing “heightened security vigilance, visibility and presence of uniformed personnel as deterrent and detection measures.”

READ: European airports increase security after Brussels attacks

He also said President Aquino had instructed all concerned agencies to “review and further strengthen security measures and exert maximum efforts to ensure the safety and convenience of travelers and the riding public.”

At least 13 people were killed in a series of bombings at Brussels airport and at a city train station at around 8 a.m. local time, forcing Belgium to raise its terror threat to the maximum level. RC



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