PNP Aviation Security Group arrests members of Salisi Gang operating at NAIA
by UNTV News | Posted on Friday, November 25th, 2016
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
FILE PHOTO: A passenger plane taking off at NAIA Terminal 2 runway. (Ryan Mendoza / Photoville International)
MANILA, Philippines — Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager, Eddie Monreal presented to the Senate on Thursday the proposed terminal rationalization plan for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
The plan states that NAIA Terminals 1 and 3 will cater to international flights, while Terminals 2 and 4 will be for domestic flights.
This is the initial step of the MIAA in solving the airport congestion in Metro Manila.
However, some airline companies disagreed with the proposal saying it will inconvenience many passengers especially those with connecting flights.
“[The] United Kingdom, all of Canada both domestic and international are under one terminal para (so that it will be) seamless,” Cebgo Inc. President & CEO Alexander Lao said.
But Monreal insists that this could help level the playing field for airline companies operating at NAIA terminals.
“Walang advantage sa Philippine Airlines, walang advantage sa Cebu Pacific (Neither Philippine Airlines nor Cebu Pacific will have an advantage over the other). That’s where we’re coming from. But the congestion, I’ll just state it on record, there might still be congestions,” said Monreal.
For Senate Committee on Public Services chair Sen. Grace Poe, the transfer of airline companies to other airport terminals is not the solution to ease congestion.
“Ang talagang solusyon diyan ay hindi paglilipat ng terminal ng ibang mga airline kundi pag-eexpand ng NAIA (The real solution is not the transfer of airline terminals but the expansion of NAIA) ,” said Poe.
To date, a consortium has submitted to the government a P350-billion project proposal for the rehabilitation and expansion of the NAIA. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue
(Left-Right) BOC-NAIA district collector Atty. Vincent Maronilla and Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña present to the media some of the beauty and whitening products confiscated at the airport.
MANILA, Philippines —Forty-eight boxes of whitening and beauty products were seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
According to BOC-NAIA district collector Atty. Vincent Maronilla, the products were declared as personal effects.
The BOC, however, was suspicious of the content of the large bulk of packages and had them X-rayed.
“Ang allowed is ₱150,000 per balikbayan box. Kung ganito, hindi na po masasabing personal effects at obviously commercial yung quantity,” said the district collector.
(The maximum amount allowed for tax exemption is ₱150,000 per balikbayan box. If it’s like this, it can’t be considered personal effects anymore. The quantity is obviously for commercial purposes.)
The products which amounted to more than P8-million reportedly belongs to a certain James Halasan from Bangkok, Thailand.
BOC commissioner Isidro Lapeña said that the said products from Bangkok will be further examined.
“This will be subjected to further examination and we will see if baka ito ay mga (these are possibly) fake products,” said the customs chief.
Halasan is now facing a charge of violating Section 1400 of the Republic Act 10863 for misdeclaration of goods.
The BOC added that the said beauty products will be destroyed after being examined. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue
FILE PHOTO: Clark International Airport in Pampanga
MANILA, Philippines — Even before House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez ordered the airline companies at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to transfer some of their trips to Clark, Pampanga, Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) has already planned on creating an expansion project to help decongest NAIA.
CIAC acting president and CEO, Alexander Cauguiran said that Speaker Alvarez’s directive is favorable for the future of Clark airport as its designed capacity is four million passengers.
“We always make ourselves ready. So kung mag-tatransfer ang iba coming from Manila, meron pang (So if some flights coming from Manila will be transferred, there’s) room for another two million passengers per year,” said Cauguiran.
Based on CIAC’s data, the airport was able to serve about 1.5 million passengers in 2017.
On the other hand, it can accommodate over 245 flights weekly, with 20 international flights.
“They don’t have to squeeze themselves out of Manila kung ang final destination nila yung mga tourist destination natin (if their final destinations are tourist destinations), which they can fly in and out from Clark,” said the acting president. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News and Rescue
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