The Philippine National Police (PNP) has tightened security measures particularly at the country’s airports following terrorist attacks in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday that left 36 people dead.
Radio reports on Wednesday, June 29, quoted Superintendent Wilben Mayor, PNP spokesperson, as saying that the PNP Aviation Security Group (Avsecom) has implemented stricter security policies as ordered by Chief Superintendent Francisco Balagtas.
Mayor explained that even without threat of terrorism, the police automatically tightens existing security measures in the face of such violence.
“It’s automatic na kapag may insidente sa ibang bansa may mga proactive measures tayong ginagawa. Just like sa mga airports. Kagaya ngayon I talked to Chair Balagtas and [nagpahayag] naman sila doon ng mga tropa nila. Basically the same procedures that they’re doing,” Mayor said when interviewed on radio.
(It’s automatic that if there are incidents in other countries, we implement proactive measures. Just like in airports. For example, I talked to Chair Balagtas and they deployed troops there. Basically, the same procedures that they’re doing.)
Thirty-six people were killed and 147 others were wounded when three men carrying bombs and guns attacked one of the busiest airports in Turkey. Although Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that no one has claimed responsibility, authorities believed that ISIS was to blame for the attacks.