CAB looks into Cebu Pacific flight cancellations

Robie de Guzman   •   April 29, 2019   •   2166

MANILA, Philippines – The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said on Monday it is currently looking into Cebu Pacific’s cancellation of more than 40 flights since Sunday (April 28).

CAB executive director Atty. Carmelo Arcilla said they are probing the factors and circumstances that led to the cancellations.

“We are now in the process of evaluating the incident and determine the circumstances that led to this,” Arcilla said.

Cebu Pacific earlier announced in an advisory that dozens of their flights have been canceled from April 28 to 30 because of limited operational conditions, particularly in their Manila hub in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

READ: Several flights in Cebu Pacific cancelled

Cebu Pacific spokesperson Charo Logarta-Lagamon told UNTV News and Rescue in an interview that they are facing operational limitations due to different factors, including several damaged aircraft and heavy traffic that prevented flights from taking off and landing on time.

Lagamon added that three of their aircraft were damaged due to bird strikes.

The temporary reduction of flights, she said, is necessary to minimize the disruption and to restore the network route to its normal state.

“Yung ruta na tinatahak ng bawat eroplano and because it affects yung nga ruta yung nga timing yung nga schedule nabubulunan ang aming network,” she said.

“Wala kaming ibang choice, masakit man sa aming kalooban we have to pulldown those flights para hindi na lumaki pa at lumala pa yung problema ng malawakang mga delay at cancellations,” she added.

At least 9,000 passengers are affected by flight cancellations based on Cebu Pacific’s estimate.

The airline management has apologized for the inconvenience caused by the cancellations, and assured it is extending “every possible help” to passengers.

Affected travelers may rebook flights within 30 days from the original flight schedule, free of charge; get a full refund or place the full cost of the ticket in a travel fund.

Passengers may also re-route to and from alternate airports for travel within 30 days, subject to availability of seats.

Meanwhile, aside from Cebu Pacific, the CAB is also monitoring other airlines that also sought permission to cancel flights. These include Skyjet, Philippine Airlines, and Air Asia. – Robie de Guzman (with reports from Joan Nano)

Indonesia sends security forces to contain fresh Papua protests

Robie de Guzman   •   August 21, 2019

Courtesy: Reuters

Protests around Indonesia’s Papua province entered third day on Wednesday (August 21), as extra police officers and military were sent in to contain the situation.

In Timika, where the giant Grasberg copper and gold mine operated by the Indonesian unit of Freeport McMoran is located, video shows protesters holding banners and shouting “we are not monkeys” as they march down the streets.

Protesters were also reported to have thrown rocks at a parliament building, houses, shops and a hotel.

Indonesian police have sent 1,200 additional officers to West Papua, Muhammad Iqbal, a national police spokesman told media.

While a separatist movement has simmered for decades in Papua, with frequent complaints of rights abuses by Indonesian security forces, the recent anger appears to be linked to racist slurs against Papuan students who were detained last week.

Papuan students were detained in the East Java city of Surabaya over accusations that they had disrespected the Indonesian flag in front of a dormitory during celebrations of Independence Day on Saturday (August 17). (Reuters)

(Production: Heru Asprihanto, Angie Teo, Lion Schellerer)

US tests first land-based cruise missile after quitting INF treaty

Robie de Guzman   •   August 21, 2019

The U.S. Defense Department on Monday announced the test of a medium-range land-based cruise missile for the first time after pulling out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

It was reported that the “conventionally configured” test missile hit the target after flying more than 500 kilometers on Sunday local time in San Nicolas Island, California.

That was the first time the United States carried out a missile test previously prohibited by the INF, marking the resumption of an arms race.

According to the statement, the data collected from this test will be applied for development of future intermediate-range capabilities.

The INF Treaty, signed in 1987 between the former Soviet Union and the United States, had banned land-based missiles with a range of 500 km (310 miles) to 5,500 km (3,410 miles).

The treaty ceased to operate on Aug 2 after the United States and Russia accused each other of violating it.

On the same day, the U.S. Defense Department announced the full development of the ground-based conventional cruise missile previously banned by the arms control treaty. (Reuters)

Trump calls off meeting with Danish prime minister over Greenland comments

Robie de Guzman   •   August 21, 2019

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday (August 20) he was postponing his scheduled meeting with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen in two weeks because of her lack of interest in his offer to purchase Greenland.

“Denmark is a very special country with incredible people, but based on Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s comments, that she would have no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland, I will be postponing our meeting scheduled in two weeks for another time,” Trump said in a post on Twitter.

A White House official said Trump had dropped the Sept. 2-3 stop in Denmark, a NATO ally. Trump had been due to discuss the Arctic in meetings in Copenhagen with Frederiksen, who took office in June, and Prime Minister Kim Kielsen of Greenland.

He is due to visit Poland on Aug. 31.

Frederiksen said on Sunday the idea of selling Greenland to the United States was absurd after an economic adviser to Trump confirmed U.S. interest in buying the world’s largest island.

“Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously,” Frederiksen told the newspaper Sermitsiaq during a visit to Greenland.

Trump confirmed to reporters on Sunday that he had recently discussed the possibility of buying Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory, although he said such a move was not an immediate priority.

“The concept came up and … strategically it’s interesting,” Trump told reporters in Morristown, New Jersey.

A defense treaty between Denmark and the United States dating back to 1951 gives the U.S. military rights over the Thule Air Base in northern Greenland.

Trump’s interest in buying Greenland has been met with incredulity and humor. Lars Lokke Rasmussen, who recently stepped down as Danish prime minister, tweeted last week: “It must be an April Fool’s Day joke.” (Reuters)

(Production: Deborah Lutterbeck)

REACH US

The Philippine Broadcast Hub

UNTV, 915 Barangay Philam,

EDSA, Quezon City M.M. 1104

(+63) 396-8688 (Tel)

(+63) 2 920.8336 (Fax)

info@untvweb.com (General inquiries)

support@untvweb.com

UNTV News and Rescue Emergency Hotlines:

LANDLINE (+63) 396-8688

ADVERTISE WITH US

(+63) 2 442.6244 Loc. 143, 144, 162, 164

advertising@untvweb.com

ABOUT UNTV

UNTV is a major TV broadcast network with 24-hour programming. An Ultra High Frequency station with strong brand content that appeal to everyone, UNTV is one of the most trusted and successful Philippine networks that guarantees wholesome and quality viewing experience.