OTS mulls over a new policy for passengers caught with ammunition

admin   •   June 2, 2016   •   2282

A bullet sealed in a ziplock bag is pictured in a file photo. (UNTV News)

A bullet sealed in a ziplock bag is pictured in a file photo.
(UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — The Office for Transportation Security (OTS) now has a solution for the bullet-planting problem at the airport.

Instead of holding a passenger from leaving, OTS will just confiscate the ammunition and allow the passenger to board the plane.

OTS will also let elderly people and overseas Filipino workers leave if only one bullet is found, like the ones used as amulets.

Passengers caught with live ammunition or with more than one bullet will be apprehended.

But for now, OTS has no choice but to implement what is indicated in the law.

According to Republic Act No. 10591, anyone who will be caught bringing ammunition into the airport will not be allowed to ride the plane and will be apprehended.

“Republic Act 10591 is a legislation, as much as we want but we don’t have a control to waive. Not unless the law will be reviewed and amended,” said OTS spokesperson Jojo Maliwat.

For now, OTS advices passengers to check their luggage for prohibited items at the last check booth before proceeding to the screening area. With this, they can be sure that they do not have any prohibited items in their luggage.

OTS said that the number of passengers caught bringing ammunition has decreased.

This is because of the awareness campaign launched by the OTS in partnership with the media.

“The awareness drive that we have been doing and the news everyday made passengers to be aware,” said Maliwat.

OTS is also planning to turn over the screening of baggage to the airport authority.

OTS says it is not part of their job and is not even in their mandate.

(MON JOCSON/UNTV News)

NAIA Terminal 3 prepares as international flights resume on Wednesday

Maris Federez   •   July 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 confirms its readiness for the resumption of international flights on Wednesday (July 8).

The resumption of international flight operations, however, will still be at limited capacity in compliance with the directive of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) on the allowable number of passenger arrivals.

The IATF-MEID directive said the total number of arriving passengers on international flights must not go beyond 2,400 per day.

Half of this number is allotted to repatriated Filipinos, while the rest are for passengers from commercial flights.

Airport authorities said operations at Terminal 1 are once again transferred to Terminal 3 as the volume of passengers in international commercial flights continues to increase due to the easing of travel restrictions of other countries.

As part of the preparations, Manila International Airport (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal personally inspected the terminal 3 to check if the additional chairs to be placed near the check in counters at the departure area are complete.

Health and safety protocols, such as wearing of face masks and physical distancing inside the airport are still strictly implemented. —(from the report of Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf

BOC NAIA conducts stricter agri products inspection amid new swine flu

Maris Federez   •   July 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Custom (BOC) announced that its personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has intercepted a total of 775.6 kilograms of meat and meat products without Sanitary & Phytosanitary clearances from January to June 2020.

In a statement released on Saturday (July 4), the BOC said the meat and meat products that they have confiscated include 268.2 kilograms of pork, 106.4 kilograms of beef, 298.2 kilograms of poultry, and 102 kilograms of other kinds of meat.

The BOC added these products arrived without permits and health clearance, and were brought in through NAIA from African Swine Fever (ASF) infected countries.

“All the items were turned over to the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) for quarantine and immediate disposal to prevent the spread of the virus dangerous to local health and to the food industry,” the press release read.

It added that, with the emergence of a new strain of swine flu virus, the frontliners of the BOC-NAIA who man the passenger area and air cargo warehouses are on high alert against the possible entry of contaminated meat products.

“Customs NAIA has been consistent in protecting our local industry from any possible swine and agricultural epidemic and supports the directive of Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero to continuously monitor and safeguard the country’s borders,” the statement concluded. —/mbmf

Undeclared watches, commercial goods worth P1.1-M seized at NAIA – BOC

Robie de Guzman   •   July 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Various branded watches and other commercial goods estimated to worth P1.1 million were seized at the port of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said Thursday.

In a statement, the BOC said the undeclared items were confiscated on June 29. These were part of a consolidated shipment from the United States of America labeled as “personal effects.”

The seized goods include branded watches such as Michael Kors, Fossils, Anne Klein, Charriol, Invicta, Kate Spade, Diesel and Tommy, as well as bags, wallets, shoes — all in commercial quantity, the bureau said.

The items were intercepted after the shipment underwent X-Ray inspection.

The BOC-NAIA said it has issued a Warrant of Seizure and Detention against the confiscated goods for violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

The bureau added the case records shall also be referred to the Bureau’s Action Team Against Smugglers (BATAS) for a possible criminal complaint against the personalities behind the foiled smuggling attempt.

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