Inquirer - Melvin Gascon

Senators on Monday pressed officials of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to fix what they termed as a simmering turf war between agencies manning the airport’s security amid suspicions that their rivalry had become a source of corruption and had compromised the country’s security and fight against human trafficking.

Dela Rosa expressed concern that the wrangling among government agencies in charge of airport security might lead to a slipup that will allow criminals and terrorists to carry out attacks in the airport.

Tulfo urged the Miaa to institute reforms in the handling of passengers by getting rid of “VIP and super VIP treatment” of passengers on chartered flights. For his part, Tolentino warned immigration officer Jeffrey Pinpin of a possible charge of usurpation of public functions after he escorted seven foreigners to their departing flight even if he was not on official duty.

Poe said airport and immigration personnel found liable for the human smuggling incident at the Naia should face the consequences of their wrongdoings to serve as a deterrent for other government personnel.

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