“Deranged” man scales security fence at Manila International Airport

MANILA, Philippines - An allegedly mentally ill person managed to climb the security fence of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) and made it to Parking Bay 4 on Monday night, prompting airl

“Deranged” man scales security fence at  Manila International Airport

MANILA, Philippines – An allegedly mentally ill person managed to climb the security fence of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) and made it to Parking Bay 4 on Monday night, prompting airline security personel and the airport policeman to give chase.

The guards tried to grab the person, who was able to breach the the airport’s alleged tight security, as he tried to climb into the a parked airplane, stepping on the front landing gear of the aircraft in a failed attempt hide at the parking bay’s door that was closed at the time.

The Airport Police Operations Division Head Capt. Tim Cruz identified the person as Marcelo Maligalig, 41, of Taguig City, who when caught, was found holding a Philippine passport.

Cruz said that around 9:45 p.m. on Monday, an airline security guard radioed his superiors about an unidentified male who was able to get near a Kuwait Airlines plane parked at the airport tarmac.

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Upon investigation, Cruz found out that the man had several identification cards like like security guard license, barangay identification card and and postal ID card.

The authorities turned Marcelo over to his sister, Police Officer 2 Christine Maligalig of the Southern Police District. The sister has a certificate from the National Center for Mental Health that Marcelo is mentally ill and was confined there several times.

The Naia 1 had no closed-circuit television for more than a year now, which probably explained the breach of security.

Airport sources said Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Jose Honrado, upon assuming office some three years ago, “deactivated the Airport Security Council (ASC) ” which guarantees the airport’s protection, and is recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (Icao).

Honrado reportedly replaced the ASC members with persons from a security agency that is allegedly owned by his relative. However, sources said these new recruits are without the proper training on aviation as required by Icao.

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