MANILA - (UPDATED) Seven employees of a fast-food chain were taken in for questioning by airport police at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport-Terminal 3 (NAIA-T3) for allegedly using fake airport security access passes.
Col. Tim Cruz, commander of the airport police at NAIA-T3, in his report to Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal, identified the McDonald's NAIA-T3 branch personnel as Joemar Dulin, assistant manager, and service crew members Mark Kevin Rosquiros, Abbygael Trisha Cornel, Jones Bataller, Mark Anthony Rementilla, Jayrold Murillo and Richile Lipio.
The seven employees were questioned by airport officials after they were seen using photocopied airport security access passes.
They initially admitted to investigators that they falsified the access passes, but did not say the motive behind it.
The six service crew members pointed to Dulin as the person behind the falsification.
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.
Monreal said he has already banned all seven crew members and that charges would be filed.
"We take these things seriously, regardless of their intention, airport security and safety of all is our primordial concern," he said.
An official of McDonald's Philippines, on the other hand, clarified that their employees were not arrested, but were only asked to write an incident report.
An official of the fast-food chain who declined to be named told ABS-CBN News there was no falsification of documents.
The employees were also allowed to go back to work after questioning, the official said.
McDonald's is in talks with airport management regarding the incident, and that an official statement from the company would follow.