A rusting 2,000-pound bomb believed to be a World War II remnant was stumbled on by construction workers digging for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s (Naia) drainage ditch last Thursday.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) Aviation Security Group and airport policemen immediately secured the 3-feet-long vintage bomb found near MIA Road parallel to the Nayong Pilipino in Pasay City.
Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal said experts will determine whether the bomb is one of those rained down on Manila from American battleships in Manila Bay, or from airplanes routing the Japanese near the end of the Second World War.
He said the construction workers, upon striking the bomb, called the attention of the airport authorities because there were already many persons who heard of the discovery and rushed to the site to scrutinize it.
Monreal said airport policeman Col. Adrian Tecson rushed to the site and found the workers digging to retrieve the bomb from the earth, where it was buried for more than 70 years.
He confirmed the munition was a vintage bomb based on the information the police gathered at the site. It was heavily rusted but unexploded.
The bomb is now in the possession of the airport aviation police to be disarmed by experts, Monreal said.