TIGHT SECURITY = AIRPORT TRAFFIC MESS

Pasay City, March 29, 2003 -- Major traffic problems have cropped up around 
Terminals 1 and 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport after security 
was tightened in the area.

More stringent anti-terrorism measures were imposed after President Arroyo 
said that security was lax in one section of the airport during the first 
of her impromptu inspections of key facilities.

Airport General Manager Edgardo Manda, who was dressed down publicly by 
Arroyo, ordered tighter control of people and vehicles in area, with 
security officers checking all possible places where terrorists could leave 
explosive devices, especially along Ninoy Aquino Avenue.

Manda said he will meet with PNP officials and aviation experts to resolve 
the worsening traffic snarls.

Manda is reported to be risking suspension if Transportation Secretary 
Leandro Mendoza is not satisfied with his performance on instituting 
security measures.

Mendoza has already directed Manda to beef up security and utilize more 
bomb-sniffing dogs, subject to inspection all people regardless of their 
status, and check every vehicle that shows up in sensitive areas. (By 
FRANCIS EARL CUETO, Malaya)

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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