Congress to probe Friday’s NAIA runway mishap

admin   •   August 20, 2018   •   2980

Stranded passengers crowd the lobby of NAIA after flights were cancelled due to the accident involving a Xiamen Air jet that veered off the runway when it crash landed amid bad weather.

Some members of the Senate and the House of Representatives are seeking explanation from officials of the Manila International Airport Authority on why it took several days to clear the runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport after a Xiamen Air jet veered off the runway when it crash landed last Thursday night.

The incident caused MIAA to close down the runway for over 24 hours, which disrupted flights and stranded thousands of passengers around the country.

A resolution filed by Senate Committee on Public Services chairperson Grace Poe is seeking for a full-blown investigation following the runway mishap.

The senator also questioned why the airline and airport management let the passengers wait that long.

“Kailangan talagang may managot dito financially. At isa pa, doon naman sa mga airline at sa airport management, bakit naman nila pinaghintay ng ganun katagal ang ating mga pasahero kung hindi naman nila matantiya kung kalian lilipad? “ said Poe.

According to House Committee on Transportation chairman Cesar Sarmiento, airport authorities must be prepared for all kinds of emergency scenarios.

“We will try to find out the capacity of our airport authorities to respond to those kinds of accidents because it brought a lot of inconvenience and damage to our economy as a result,” said Sarmiento.

Metro Manila Development Committee chairman Winnie Castelo also believes that heads must roll in this incident that brought embarrassment to the country.

“The one running the airport should be accountable administratively, civilly, if not criminally,” he said.

Senator Cynthia Villar, meanwhile, said the incident showed NAIA’s lack of facilities.

“It’s something that we cannot do something about. It’s an accident. Ang nakikita mo dun eh , We don’t have enough airport facilities kung merong nangyaring ganyan, ida-divert mo lang,” she said.

To prevent a repeat of the incident, House Deputy Speaker Prospero Pichay Jr. suggested transferring all international flights to Clark International Airport to decongest NAIA.

“Clark (Airport) has two runways. We have two runways here (NAIA) but the other one is for domestic, very small. It cannot accommodate the international airlines.”

Last February, then House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez gave airline companies 45 days to transfer some of their flights to the Clark International Airport in Pampanga to address the congestion at NAIA.

But airline companies asked for a 2nd extension, citing operation complications.

“As early as July we received communication from some airlines that they will not be able to beat the deadline due to some complicated process at Clark Airport. — Grace Casin

BOC seizes P1.6-M worth of high-grade marijuana at NAIA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 9, 2019

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) intercepted 973 grams of suspected high-grade marijuana at the Port of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on December 6.

The suspected high-grade marijuana came from the United States and has an estimated value of P1.6 million.

According to a statement by the BOC on their social media, the parcel declared as “Marvel Comic and Child Sleeping Bag” was intercepted by NAIA customs frontliners and operatives in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

“The apprehended item was consigned to a certain individual from Taguig city and was found to contain three (3) vacuum sealed pouches of suspected Kush weed. The suspect was apprehended while claiming the said parcel,” the BOC reported.

“The suspect shall undergo inquest proceedings for violation of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to RA 10863 or the Customs Modernization Tariff Act,” the BOC added.—AAC

Normal operations resume at NAIA after 12-hour closure

Marje Pelayo   •   December 4, 2019

(FILE) Passengers enter Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Passenger Terminal 3 located in a suburban city in Manila, Philippines on 07 February 2013. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines – It’s business as usual again at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Wednesday (December 4) after a 12-hour closure due to the inclement weather brought about by now severe tropical storm Tisoy.

The country’s premier gateway was temporarily closed from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM on Tuesday which led to cancellations of several international and domestic flights.

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal reiterates his call on affected passengers to coordinate with their respective airline carriers for rebooking or refunding of tickets.

Unless flight changes are properly coordinated, passengers are advised not to proceed to NAIA to avoid congestion in terminals and to minimize the volume of stranded passengers at the airport. MNP (with inputs from Vincent Arboleda)

BI: Wanted Canadian-American rape suspect arrested at NAIA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 11, 2019

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has reported the arrest of a Canadian-American man accused of raping a 17-year-old girl in Subic more than a year ago.

Authorities identified the man as 54-year-old Fouad Bounab. He arrived Saturday (November 9) night at NAIA 3 terminal aboard an Air Asia flight from Kuala Lumpur.

Atty. Rommel Tacorda, who heads the BI’s border control and intelligence unit (BCIU), disclosed that Bounab is on the wanted list of the Interpol which earlier issued a red notice against him.

“He fled to Malaysia to evade prosecution for his crime. Fortunately, our counterparts in Malaysia were able to trace his whereabouts and he was arrested and brought back to Manila,” he said.

According to the BI, Bounab allegedly lured his minor victim to have sex with him through social media for the purpose of prostitution and sexual exploitation.

A warrant of arrest was issued by Olongapo City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Gemma Logronio on July 8 this year against Bounab.—AAC

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