Four died and several others injured when a lone gunman fired several rounds of ammunition targeting the mayor of Labangan, Zamboanga Del Sur and his family just outside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 arrival area in Pasay City last week.
Witnesses said the suspected gun for hire, dressed in police uniform, open fired on his victims at close range also killing a baby nearby and injuring scores of arriving passengers waiting for their ride.
The suspect casually rode on a waiting motorbike and sped off. The airport police arrived at the scene minutes after the suspect was gone.
Unfortunately, the whole incident was not captured by the airport’s security cameras because there were none at all.
Relatives of the victims now want answers as to how it happened when security should be tight in and around the international airport?
They also want NAIA Gen. Manager Angel Honrado to explain why does that particular airport have no security cameras or CCTV to monitor the safety of both departing and arriving passengers?
The absence of close circuit television in NAIA terminal 3 was also questioned last year when my brother, Mon, and husband and wife, Raymart and Claudine Santiago, had a brawl near the baggage carousel area.
No one can tell who started the fight since there were no security cameras installed in the area.
The airport management promised to immediately install cameras inside and out of the terminal building after the incident.
Surprisingly, to this day, no cameras have been installed in the area where Mon and the couple exchanged blows, and even outside the terminal building.
Questions were also raised following the shooting at the terminal last week regarding the whereabouts of the members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) assigned at the airport .
The PNP has a contingent of cops in all the airports of the country, particularly in terminals 1,2 and 3 of NAIA.
However, an official of the PNP Airport Security Group, who requested anonymity, said Honrado came out with a memorandum circular removing all PNP personnel at the x-ray counters at the entrances of the three terminals last year.
The same PNP officer said that there was no reason given by Honrade why the cops were removed from the terminal building.
Aside from missing cops and CCTV at the terminal building, arriving passengers have to watch out for scrupulous cabbies who charge exhorbitantly.
Arriving passengers, especially foreigners , are targets of hold-up men lurking just outside the airport terminal.
These problems have been in existence since Honrado was appointed as NAIA head for years now, but it seems that he is inutile in fixing it.
Honrado has to be replaced!!!