'No ifs and buts': Airport authorities to stop baggage theft


Posted at Jan 19 2018 04:38 PM | Updated as of Jan 19 2018 04:52 PM

MANILA - Airport authorities said they would comply with President Rodrigo Duterte's order to stop baggage theft, "no ifs and buts."

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade ordered all employees with direct access to passenger baggage to wear body cameras, Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal told reporters. 

Surveillance cameras will also be installed in areas where baggage and containers pass through between the plane and the airport, he said.

The President threatened to fire airport officials if there would be another case of stolen luggage, as in the case of two returning overseas Filipinos at Clark International Airport.

"The message of the President is clear, he wants this to stop," 

"Lahat ng pronouncement ng Pangulo kailangang sundin, walang ifs and buts," he added.

(All pronouncements of the President must be followed, no ifs and buts.)

The MIAA will no longer renew its contract with service provider MIASCOR upon ordered from the President and the company was given 60 days to wind down operations, Monreal said.

MIASCOR currently services United Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Jeju Airlines, Quantas and Cebu Pacific among others, Monreal said.