NAIA gets 'text scare': 'ISIS next target Manila'


Posted at Sep 07 2016 05:25 PM | Updated as of Sep 07 2016 05:52 PM

Bomb-sniffing dogs from combined elements of the PNP and airport police have been deployed to all airport terminals as a precautionary measure. Photo by Raoul Esperas.

Threat received through MIAA SMS hotline

MANILA - (UPDATED) Security at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has been intensified after airport officials received a terror threat through a text message.

Combined forces of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Aviation Security Group (AVSEGROUP), Airport Police Special Operation Unit and their bomb disposal personnel and K-9 units were deployed to NAIA after a threat was received through the airport's official communication system.

A message saying "ISIS next target Manila" was received through the NAIA official text message center. The sender of the message used a commercial SIM card.

The female NAIA staff who received the threat immediately reported it to the Office of the Assistant General Manager for Security and Emergency Services (AGM SES). The office then implemented the joint security paneling with PNP-AVSEGROUP.

Meanwhile, Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), in a statement, confirmed that the threat was received through the agency's official hotline, 0917-TEXNAIA.

Despite it being a publicly-listed number, MIAA is not taking the message lightly. It said the message is being assessed with the help of other government agencies.

MIAA added that NAIA continues to be on full alert against attempts to disrupt airport operations.