Salisi Gang members nabbed at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
MANILA, Philippines — Six members of Salisi Gang and two other theft suspects have been arrested by the PNP-Aviation Security Group.
The suspects have allegedly been victimizing passengers at the terminal of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
According to the authorities, they were involved in various illegal acts such as stealing cellphones, laptops, wallets and other important belongings of the passengers, usually at the waiting area.
Despite the cases of theft, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) assured that it has intensified its security at NAIA to apprehend lawless elements preying on passengers.
Meanwhile, MIAA is also preparing for the possible influx of vacationers travelling this holiday season.
As estimated by the agency, the number of passengers in NAIA has an upsurge of at least almost 20% during December and January.
As of now, the agency is coordinating with the Department of Transportation on improving the traffic flow at NAIA.
Among the measures being considered by MIAA is opening the Villamor Airbase to be utilized as alternative route by the motorists going to the airport.
“Meron kaming pag-uusap ngayon with Villamor na kung pwede padaanin tayo sa may Villamor area. Isang artery ‘yan na tinitingnan namin,” MIAA General Manager Eddie Monreal said.
(We already had talks with Villamor if they could let us pass through Villamor area. That is one artery that have been considering.)
“Tapos nakikipag-ugnyan din sa mga local barangay, sa harapan ng Terminal 3, na kung pwede mapadaan din doon para maibsan sa Andrews Avenue ang traffic,” Monreal added.
(Then, we are also coordinating with the local barangay – in front of Terminal 3 – if could also allow us traverse there to ease the traffic jam at the Andrews Avenue.)
Aside from the plan to open other routes, the two-minute waiting time of the vehicles will be strictly imposed at the arrival and departure areas.
MIAA is hoping that just before the year ends, the remaining parts of NAIA Expressway will be opened for the motorists which will serve as additional road for those going to Terminal 3. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
Clark International Airport adds more domestic and international flights
FILE PHOTO: A domestic flight carrier taking off (RYAN MENDOZA / Photoville International)
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine authorities continue to conduct improvements at the Clark International Airport in Clark Pampanga.
This is to address the fast increase in the number of passengers who want to avoid the expected congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Metro Manila.
One of them is Nelsa Sebastian who has been working as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Hongkong for nine years now.
Before, Nelsa takes flights at NAIA. However, she now prefers the Clark Airport.
“It’s faster here and more comfortable. Especially at the luggage area. Upon arriving, it’s already here. Unlike at NAIA, you have to wait for several hours. You have to wait about 30 minutes to an hour,” said Sebastian.
An airline company opened on Tuesday a route from Clark Airport to Singapore and vice versa.
Currently, there are 156 international flights and 124 domestic flights at the said airport.
“In the next 2 months, in terms of domestic connectivity, we have nine news destinations and additional to the existing ones” There are more and more passengers using Clark because it’s destination is increasing,” said Clark International Airport Corp. President & CEO Alexander Cauguiran.
Many of the passengers of the Clark International Airport are from Northern and Central Luzon.
Airport authorities designate 15 point-to-point (P2P) buses for Metro Manila residents seeking to book flights at the said airport. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue
PNP warns public against rise of crime rate this holiday season
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) reminds the public about the possible rise in the number of crimes as the holiday season draws near.
That’s why the PNP remains on full alert status even after the conduct of the summit of world leaders in the country.
“Criminals know cash are flowing, so they will have more activities crime activities,” said PNP Spokesperson PCSupt. Dionardo Carlos.
(“so ang alam ng kriminal marami ang umiikot na cash so they will have more activities crime activities”)
Based on the latest figures of the PNP, theft, robbery and physical injury are among the most prevalent crimes they have recorded.
The police also remind the public to take extra caution against the modus operandi of various criminal gangs.
These gangs are the Salisi gang, Besfren gang, Dura Boys, Laglag Bulsa Gang and Laglag Barya Gang. The modus operandi of these gangs is to confuse their victims while the suspect is stealing their valuables.
Some gangs also resort to violence and force such as the Pitas Gang, Ipit Taxi Gang and the Tutok Kalawit Gang.
The PNP considers as crime hot spots urbanized areas or crowded places in the country.
According to the PNP, crimes can be prevented through the spread of correct information to the public.
“Our intent is to still lower this number of theft incidents by empowering the public in having police presence in areas we consider as crime hotspots,” said the PNP spokesperson.
The PNP also encourages the public to avoid posting on social media their every activity. Authorities say this is one way for criminals to find an opportunity to steal from possible victims. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
PNP warns public of modus operandi of crime syndicates during long holidays
MANILA, Philippines — All offices of the Philippine National Police (PNP) are in full alert status for the long holiday.
This is to ensure the safety of the public, particularly those going on vacation and those going to cemeteries.
The PNP has ordered increased police visibility by patrolling and deployment of road marshals who would assist motorists or passengers visiting their home provinces.
PDG Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said the PNP has also set up assistance hub in cemeteries and other crowded areas, with the help of the personnel of other government agencies who would serve as force multipliers.
Dela Rosa said the force multipliers will help intensify the implementation of security measures during the observance of Undas.
“So far, we have not yet monitored any direct threat during the Undas and the upcoming ASEAN. But we do not neglect that. That’s why the regional director of the NCRPO says they are on red alert, they are on double alert. If necessary, they might produce more personnel to double the number of deployment to ensure the security of the people,”said the PNP chief.
The PNP also reminds the public to take caution against criminal elements like snatchers, Salisi gang, Laslas gang, and other criminal groups during the Undas.
The public is also advised against wearing expensive jewelry and of bringing huge amount of money in crowded areas to avoid falling victims to thieves.
The PNP has also these few reminders to those who would be on vacation for a long period:
First, ensure that the doors and windows of their houses are properly locked so Akyat Bahay gang won’t be able to break in.
The PNP also warns owners of establishments to remain vigilant against the so-called Acetylene gang or the tunnel rats syndicate.
“[We are] reminding you to double your security during Undas don’t forget to coordinate with the police so you could monitor your financial establishments. There might be another tunnel underneath, and you would be surprised that after your long vacation, you will notice a huge hole on your floor, and your vaults are already gone,” Dela Rosa said.
According to PNP Chief Dela Rosa, all policemen are on duty, while 50 percent of the personnel in the national headquarters are also on duty during the observance of Undas. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue