MANILA - McDonald's Philippines said on Wednesday that the security access passes used by 7 employees of its Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 (T3) branch were neither fake nor falsified.
In a statement, McDonald's said the access passes in question were photocopies of the original access passes, which were valid until December 31, 2016.
"The original security passes were properly presented to the NAIA security and admin when requested, and the photocopies were found to be a faithful reproduction of the original security access pass."
The company added that the employees were holding photocopied access passes because their original ones were to be surrendered to the NAIA administration in exchange for the renewed passes.
"Under the guidelines for renewal of the security passes, employees are required to surrender to the NAIA T3 admin office the previous original security pass, in exchange for the release of the renewed security pass. Thus, the employees were carrying a photocopy of their passes on that day, as the manager processing the renewal of the passes was due to surrender the original passes to the NAIA admin office simultaneous with the release of the renewed passes," McDonald's Philippines said.
"Our employees were just invited to the security office and were not arrested nor detained. They were invited to explain possession of photocopied security access passes and for presentation of the original passes. When such verification was completed, and as soon as the administrative issue was cleared by McDonald's management with NAIA security and admin, the seven employees were able to return to the restaurant without any charges," the fast-food chain added.
The seven employees were questioned by airport officials after they were seen using photocopied airport security access passes.
Airport police said they initially admitted to investigators that they falsified the access passes, and Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal said raps would be filed against the 7 employees.
"We take these things seriously, regardless of their intention, airport security and safety of all is our primordial concern," Monreal said yesterday.
Under airport security policy, all airport personnel are required to secure an airport security access pass to determine their identity and background before gaining access to the restricted airport zone.