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