Revilla, Lacson express dismay over NAIA’s poor security measures

May 8, 2012 10:47 pm 

By Allan N. Cordovero

MANILA, May 8 — Senators Ramon Revilla Jr. and Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday expressed dismay over the poor security measures at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), particularly on having a non-functional closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera that was highlighted by a recent mauling incident involving local personalities.

Revilla cited the non-operational CCTV camera and the airport security personnel’s alleged mishandling of a brawling incident last Sunday at the NAIA Terminal 3 carousel area involving veteran newspaper columnist Ramon Tulfo and celebrity couple Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barreto.

“Both parties could have been pacified and there could have been no injuries if only the airport security personnel acted promptly and properly. What made it worst is the non-functional CCTV camera that could have helped determine who made the first violent move,” Revilla said.

According to the senator, who is the chairman of the Congressional Oversight Committee on the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (COCAAP), the controversial scuffle bared the "slack security measures" inside the NAIA.

“What if a threat of terrorism could have happened? We will find hard time to address this if there is not enough security measures inside our airport,” Revilla, who is also chairman of the Senate committee on public services, said.

On the other hand, Lacson questioned the lack of functional CCTV in NAIA Terminal 3. He pointed out that Congress has given approximately P10 billion funding under the approved law that created the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

”What if killings happened? These will not be recorded. That’s the purpose why we funded the CAAP,” Lacson said.

Aside from poor security measures in NAIA, Revilla said the country’s airline companies must also improve its services and address problems on cancellation and delaying of flights, overbooking and off-loaded luggage.

“If we really want to boost tourism in our country, we must find ways to improve the services of our airline companies and the security measures inside our airports,” Revilla said. (PNA) scs/LAM/jfm/ANC-OJT/utb

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