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Bad weather crash-lands Chinese plane at NAIA, no injuries reported

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, August 17th, 2018

Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737-800


MANILA, Philippines –Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737-800 crash-landed at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Thursday night (August 16), prompting flight cancellations and temporary closure of Runway 6/24.

Flight MF8667 was at the conclusion of its two-and-a-half-hour flight from Xiamen City, China when it skidded off the side of the runway as the jet attempted to land in heavy thunderstorms

The crew immediately initiated emergency evacuation procedures to alight all 157 passengers and eight crew on board.

No injuries were reported.

The incident prompted several flight cancellations.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) advises passengers to check on NAIA for flight information and adjustments. – Asher Cadapan Jr. / Marje Pelayo


CANCELED FLIGHTS (AS OF 7:22 AM August 17, 2018):

EY 421 MNL- Abu Dhabi 2336H

SV 871 MNL – Jeddah 1810H


PR 453 MNL-GES 0715H

PR 454 GES-MNL 1215H

PR 1845 MNL-CEB 0655H

PR 1846 CEB-MNL 1010H

PR 432 MNL-TOKYO 1440H

CX 908 MNL-Hong Kong 0600H

CX 912 MNL – Hong Kong 0825H

CX 907 Hong Kong – MNL 0940H

CX 906 MNL- Hong Kong 1050H

CX 901 Hong Kong – MNL 1125H

CX 900 MNL – Hong Kong 1235H

5J 272 MNL- Hong Kong 0600H

5J 273 Hong Kong – MNL 1200H

5J 5054 MN – Hong Kong 0615H

5J 5055 NARITA – MNL 1720H

5J 929 MNL-BANGKOK 0615H

5J 930 Bangkok – MNL 1445H

5J 110 MNL-Hong Kong 0735H

5J 111 Hong Kong- MNL 1400H










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Several T1, T2 international flights to move to NAIA T3 soon

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, October 25th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Ryan Mendoza / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines – Some major adjustments for several international flights will be made at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) ahead of passenger rush this holiday season.

From Terminal 1, flights for international airlines Qantas, United Airlines, Qatar and Turkish Airlines will be moved to Terminal 3 along with several international flights from Terminal 2.

According to Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal, the said flights needed to be transferred to decongest Terminal 2.

Monreal said the move is also to return T2 to its original setup as it is designed only for domestic flights.

“Ang facilities na meron po ang Terminal 2 hindi po akma para sa international operations. Marami tayong feedbacks at ako mismo nakikita ko na kapag nagsabay-sabay ang nga pasaherong nagke-clear sa immigration ay halos dun na sa hagdan or sa escalator nakapila. So there’s safety issue,” Monreal said.

Qantas and United Airlines are the first to move on October 28 while Qatar Airways will move in to Terminal 3 in December.

Turkish Airlines will move on January 1, 2019.

Monreal assured that regular operations will not be affected by the movement though the schedule was set during the long holiday.

“Ang paglipat naman ng mga airlines itong apat na ito ay depende sa availability ng slots. Meaning iyong oras wala pong nakikitang problema na makakadagdag ng volume pero hindi magkakaroon ng congestion. Naka slot po sila,” GM Monreal explained further.

Next week, MIAA will begin the rehabilitation works at Terminal 2 which is expected to run for one whole year. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)


Ethics investigation underway vs. OFW  Rep. John Bertiz

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – OFW Representative John Bertiz filed a resolution on Wednesday (October 3) seeking an investigation on himself following the incident at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Bertiz drew flak over his display of arrogance against a screening officer who asked him to remove his shoes as part of the airport’s security protocol.

Several incidents also placed the controversial lawmaker in hot water prior to the airport scene.

He was caught on video engaging in a brawl with a leader of an overseas Filipino workers’ (OFW) group in Hong Kong.

He was also criticized for his inappropriate remarks during the oath-taking of new engineers where he threatened those who do not acknowledge Special Assistant to the President Bong Go of not receiving their professional license.

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez recently said that he will initiate an investigation on Bertiz to the House Committee on Ethics.

If proven to have violated the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, Bertiz may face suspension or worst, dismissal as a representative. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Grace Casin)

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OFW Rep. John Bertiz breaks airport security protocol on viral video

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, October 1st, 2018

ACTS-OFW Party-list representative John Bertiz (right) showing the security officer his NAIA security ID. | Image grabbed from Gifinoy’s posted video


MANILA, Philippines – A party-list lawmaker is under fire for breaking security protocol at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Saturday morning (September 29).

ACTS-OFW Party-list representative John Bertiz was seen on a viral video ignoring the security officer who asked him to take his shoes off at the screening line for inspection.

He went on to pick up his bag. Not satisfied, he turned around and angrily confronted the screening officer while showing him his ID card. He even grabbed the security officer’s ID card.

Prior to Bertiz, the video showed Ilocos Norte Representative Imee Marcos entering the frame without her shoes on.

Security personnel at NAIA are ordered to implement strict screening procedures because of the implementation of Security Condition Level 2 Alert, part of which is to order passengers to remove their shoes.

The video description claimed that Bertiz, after the incident, asked Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal to dismiss the security officer from his post.

The security officer was identified as Hamilton Abdul of the Office for Transportation Security (OTS).

Following the incident, Bertiz explained his side of the story and said he wanted to accost airport personnel for letting in some Chinese nationals, escorted by NAIA staff, without going through screening machines.

“Nakakapagtaka na pagkapalusot sa mga Tsino na may escort na NAIA staff, pinigilan ako ni Abdul kahit na ipinakita ko sa kanya ang NAIA security ID ko at kahit na na-clear na ako sa metal detector at X-Ray machine,” he said.

“Hinihinala ko na ginawa ito ni Abdul para hindi ko masita ang NAIA staff na pinalusot ang mga Tsino ng walang security check,” he added.

However, the video did not show any Chinese nationals passing through before Bertiz.

The lawmaker also questioned why the CCTV footage leaked when it was supposed to be under the care of NAIA management.

“Mas nakakabahala rin kaya palang magpuslit at magpakalat ng CCTV video ang NAIA security ng walang basbas o pahintulot ni NAIA GM Ed Monreal,” he said claiming that such leniency on airport CCTV surveillance video controllers might be the reason why incidents of theft in the airport are not being exposed.

“Hinihinala ko na baka kaya hindi nakukunan minsan ng CCTV video ang mga natatanggap kong report ng nakawan at krimen sa NAIA, eh dahil malayang napapakialaman ng NAIA CCTV operators ang mga CCTV camera pati na rin ang video footage,” he claimed.

In a statement, the OTS said “a thorough investigation on the incident is already being conducted” and that “all reports, complaints, and actual video footage are now being consolidated and evaluated.”

It added that: “Authorities are now studying if any law or protocol has been violated, and assures all individuals concerned that any decision shall strictly be in accordance to existing rules, regulations, and procedures being implemented in our airports.” – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Grace Casin)


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