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Be extra early for flights, aviation police chief advises public after bomb try


Following a foiled attempt to bring in improvised explosives into the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Monday, the Philippine National Police appealed to travelers Tuesday to be extra early at the airports for their flights.
 
PNP Aviation Security Group head Chief Superintendent Christopher Laxa said they will be especially strict at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, where the foiled attempt occurred.
 
"After dito sa nangyari na ito, nakikiusap kami sa pasahero na agahan [ang pagtungo sa NAIA] dahil magiging strikto kami," Laxa said in an interview on dzBB radio.
 
He also said the PNP-ASG has beefed up its personnel at the NAIA, with 70 percent of personnel there to be on duty at any given time.
 
This aims to heighten police visibility and thwart further attempts to bring in explosives, he said.
 
"Nag-beef kami ng police personnel doon, 70 percent na duty at 30 percent ang off para medyo makita ang police presence natin doon," he said.
 
On Monday, National Bureau of Investigation agents took into custody at least three men who tried to bring in the improvised explosives aboard an Asian utility vehicle at the NAIA Terminal 3.

They will be presented to prosecutors on Tuesday, Prosecutor-General Claro Arellano has said.
 
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines also placed the country's airports on heightened alert. —Joel Locsin/KG, GMA News
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