6 US soldiers intercepted at NAIA for ammo in luggage


Posted at Jan 04 2019 05:28 PM

MANILA - Six American soldiers were intercepted Friday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after authorities found ammunition in their luggage.

Some 60 live bullets, 14 empty magazines of M16 rifles, and an empty magazine of 9mm were detected upon initial screening of their bags at the NAIA Terminal 3.

Initial information showed that the US soldiers' entry at NAIA was not properly coordinated with Philippine authorities. They missed their flight to the US.

Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal said the airport continues to implement stricter security measures following the US Transportation Security Administration report.

US authorities had raised concerns about the capital's main airport and made several recommendations to improve airport security, including the installation of new x-ray machines, walk-through metal detectors, and alarm systems.

Travelers to the United Kingdom, US, at Australia are required to undergo three security screenings compared to the usual two security checks at the airport after these countries conducted safety audits of the Philippine airport.

The UK and Australia earlier issued travel advisories warning their respective citizens of travel to Mindanao over the threat of terrorism and kidnapping.

-- Report from Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News