Aquino orders review of security measures after Brussels' bombings

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III ordered Tuesday the concerned agencies to review the security measures in transport terminals in the Philippines in light of the bombings in Brussels, Belgium.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that according to Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., all the attached agencies of his office are implementing heightened security vigilance, visibility and presence of uniformed personnel as deterrence and detection measures.

"President Aquino has also instructed all concerned agencies to review and further strengthen security measures and exert maximum efforts to ensure the safety and convenience of travellers and the riding public," he said.

Coloma said that among the security measures that have already been in place include vehicle checkpoints at entrances and X-ray screening and inspection of all persons, luggage and hand-carried items upon entry in terminal buildings.

"These measures have been implemented in the Philippines' international airports that are observing more stringent security measures than those observed in Brussels and other international airports," he said.

Reports said that at least 23 people were killed in three explosions in an airport and a subway station in Belgium. (SDR/Sunnex)

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