After MAS mystery, PH orders review of security measures

Posted at 03/10/14 3:12 PM

MANILA - The disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight over the South China Sea over the weekend is a cause for the Philippines to review its own security measures, the Palace said on Monday.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said security measures are already strict but the immigration bureau will also see the incident as a cause to review existing measures.

"Right now, I think our security measures are very strict but certainly it gives us pause to look into again our security measures. I am sure that the Bureau of Immigration will see this event—see this incident as a way of reviewing our procedures," he said.

Lacierda deferred to the immigration bureau when asked what government intends to do with the discovery that stolen passports were used by two passengers to board the missing plane.

Malaysia said Monday there is still no trace of wreckage from a jet that vanished with 239 people on board, deepening the anguish of relatives two days after the "mystifying" disappearance.

A potential breakthrough emerged Sunday when an aircraft scouring waters off southern Vietnam -- part of an international search and rescue effort -- spotted two objects authorities said could be debris from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

But Malaysian authorities said there was no confirmation they came from the Boeing 777 which slipped off radar screens early on Saturday, an hour after leaving Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing.

"Unfortunately ladies and gentleman, we have not found anything that appears to be objects from the aircraft, let alone the aircraft itself," said Malaysia's civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman. with reports by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News, and Agence France-Presse