MANILA -- The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and the Philippine Airlines have beefed up security following the blast that killed two persons and injured more than 20 people at the Zamboanga International Airport Thursday night.

Jose Angel Honrado, MIAA general manager, said in an interview that they have deployed 18 bomb sniffing dogs in the three terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

“We made this measure to put up a security blanket in the country’s main airport. We also raised a red alert level in the airport,” he said.

PAL, for its part, said they have deployed additional exclusive K9 units at the NAIA Terminal 2 while assuring the public of normal operations at the Zamboanga airport.

“PAL operations at Zamboanga remain normal, with a daily morning and evening flight to/from Manila, using the Airbus A320 aircraft,” the statement read.

“After the explosion, PAL and the Zamboanga PNP immediately secured the arriving passengers and the PAL airplane. After the aircraft departed back for Manila, the passengers who just arrived were moved to the pre-departure area until the whole terminal was cleared of any further security threat,” PAL added.

Sun.Star tried to reach Cebu Pacific for comment but to no avail. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)