An increased security presence at Bacolod-Silay Airport (BCD) in Negros Occidental province was announced on Wednesday, January 30, in response to the recent bombing in Jolo (Sulu province). An official from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) stated that police, military, and paramilitary personnel will patrol the airport perimeter and entrances. Additional security measures, including more robust passenger and baggage screening processes, were also reported. A heightened security presence and longer airport screening times are expected in the coming days. Similar enhanced security measures are also possible at other airports in the Philippines.
A twin bombing at a cathedral in Jolo (Sulu province) on Sunday, January 27, killed at least 22 people and wounded more than 100 others.
Individuals flying through BCD or other airports in the Philippines are advised to monitor the situation and anticipate a heightened security presence, crowded conditions, and increased screening times.
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