Philippine govt tightens security at Manila international airport after deadly ambush

Published on : Tuesday, December 24, 2013

download-103The Philippine government has deployed more policemen at the vicinity of the Manila international airport following the deadly ambush last week of a mayor and three others, a senior government official said Monday.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda told reporters that the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has augmented the police personnel for the entire complex of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City, Metro Manila.

“We will see more police presence in the subject premises,” he said.

Four people, including Labangan Mayor Ukol Talumpa of southern province of Zamboanga del Sur, his wife, a relative, and an 18- month old baby, were killed while five others were injured when two men aboard a motorcycle ambushed them at the arrival area of the NAIA Terminal 3 before noon last Friday.

Lacierda said the Philippine National Police has leads as to the whereabouts of the culprits.

While President Benigno S. Aquino III did not give any deadline to resolve the case, Lacierda said that Aquino’s order was to “find the culprits as expeditiously as possible, making sure that we have the evidence to pinpoint the particular culprits.”

The attack took place at a time when Philippine airports are busy due to the influx of passengers who want to spend Christmas in their hometown or other tourist spots in the country.

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