After casino attack, Manila airport security now strapped with high-powered firearms

Airport police with an automatic machine gun and a high-powered rifle PHOTO: ABS-CBN News

In light of the Marawi siege and the recent attack at the popular casino Resorts World Manila, the NinoyAquino International Airport (NAIA) have stepped up security measures. They started by issuing high powered firearms to security guards, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) announced in a statement on Sunday.

While there are no imminent threats, Manila International MIAA general manager Ed Monreal said that they gave guards the high-powered guns to prevent a similar attack from happening in the future.

MIAA commissioned private security who have been armed with shotguns, automatic machine guns, and high-powered rifles, and were placed in a buddy system, reports ABS-CBN News.

More bomb-sniffing dogs also also making rounds to ensure the safety of the vicinity.

Monreal also appealed to the public to report suspicious persons and security concerns to authorities.

An inquiry by the House of Representatives into the Resorts World attack found that there were lapses in security that allowed the gunman Jessie Carlos to enter the casino without being stopped by security guards. The casino,where 38 people were killed, is located directly across NAIA’s Terminal 3.

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