MANILA, Philippines – Airports are on heightened security alert following the bombings in Mindanao, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) confirmed.
In a text message to Rappler, CAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio confirmed that heightened security measures "are currently employed as directed by the Office of Transportation Security (OTS)."
CAAP, in a statement on Friday, February 1, said that airport security councils (ASCs) in 12 area centers have convened to revist and update their contigency plans and simulate exercises in case of a bomb incident. The meetings simultaneously happened on January 28.
Apolonio said that several airports are under each area center. According to CAAP, ASCs were created in the following areas:
CAAP airports that have commercial operations have their own security councils as well, Apolonio said.
Meanwhile, the following Mindanao airports' ASCs have also convened to assess and manage risks:
Apolonio said that the 12 abovementioned areas will be putting in place stricter measures, as discussed during their meeting:
OTS raised "Security Condition 2" in airports, which means an additional layer of security measures must be put in place by aircraft operators and state agencies. (READ: Bottled liquids banned inside train stations)
The police and military are on heightened alert after bombs exploded at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu.