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Following bomb threats, the Philippines has placed 42 airports on high alert.


The civil aviation authority of the Philippines announced on Friday that they have put 42 airports on high alert due to multiple warnings of potential bomb threats on airplanes.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) announced that they were implementing increased security measures right away at all commercial airports in the country. They also stated that they were currently verifying the warnings.

The timing of the emailed threats was not immediately evident.

The reported flights were bound for Cebu, Bicol, Davao, and Palawan.

The aviation regulator has shared a memo from October 4th with the media, which instructed airport security managers to increase security measures, thoroughly check baggage, and maintain constant surveillance. This was in response to an email threat that was received.

On October 4th, the memo shared a screenshot of a purported threat. The threat did not explicitly mention a “bomb,” but it did state that an airplane would explode at Manila’s international airport today and urged readers to be cautious.

According to an anonymous email, Cebu, Palawan, Bicol, and Davao will also experience the impact.

An anonymous source from Philippines Airlines, who did not want to be named as they were not given permission to speak to the press, stated that the airline was functioning normally.

A representative from Cebu Pacific Air stated that the company was adhering to standard procedures.

Jaime J. Bautista, the Secretary of Transportation, stated that there has been an increase in patrols and the deployment of K9 units at every terminal in Manila’s international airport. Additionally, law enforcement agencies are working closely together to coordinate efforts.

Mr. Bautista, in a statement, assures the traveling public that protocols are in place to ensure their safety and security. He also stated that there will be no impact on any scheduled flights.