TNF - Philippine aviation officials will implement new airport protocols to ensure the safety of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte during his trips to Manila and Davao City, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said Thursday.
Gen. Rodante Joya, CAAP Deputy Director General for Operations, said the Presidential Security Group and other government agencies will need to draft new regulations to ensure Duterte's safety while taking commercial planes from Davao to Manila and back
He said other flights will be affected by Duterte's trips under the present airport protocol.
No other airplane will move, even vehicles, to ensure the security of the President inside the airport. Siya iyung priority," he said.
"Pagsakay niya ng eroplano at ready for taxi na iyung eroplano, simula na iyun ng quasi-emergency. Matatapos iyan kapag naka-take off na siya, including iyung kanyang back-up aircraft."
Airport operation may be suspended from nine to 12 minutes to give way to the arrival or takeoff of the airplane boarded by the President, Joya said.
Duterte has said he would govern the country both from Malacanang and Davao City where he served as mayor for over two decades, unmindful of the grueling commute that includes a nearly two-hour plane ride and navigating Metro Manila's traffic-choked streets.