MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday morning made a surprise visit at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) following reports about delays and cancellations of several local and international flights.
Duterte made rounds at the NAIA Terminal 2 in Pasay City around 2 a.m., according to a news release from the Presidential Communications Operations Office.
He was accompanied by officials from the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).
During his visit, the President asked airline officials about the flight cancellations and diversions, and if affected or inconvenienced passengers were given proper assistance.
He also discussed how flight aberrations could be minimized, as well as a long-term solution to address the problem.
“The President apologized for the inconveniences to the public because of the delays, and I understand, the head of the NAIA committed to the President they are doing something about the problems in NAIA,” Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters.
On Sunday, more than 50 international and domestic flights at NAIA were canceled and diverted to Clark International Airport in Pampanga after ramp operations were suspended due to the inclement weather.
Airport operations were suspended for about three hours, from 6:40 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., after the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) issued a red lightning alert due to bad weather.
A red lightning alert is a safety measure taken to prevent any untoward incident from happening when flashes of lightning are prevalent in the immediate area and may endanger personnel, passengers, and even flight operations.
MIAA said the lightning alert was later downgraded to yellow, which was considered as a normal alert status.
Authorities earlier apologized to passengers affected by flight delays and cancellations.
Airport operations have since returned to normal. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
President Rodrigo Duterte warned he will order the detention of government officials who will misuse the money in the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) aid fund.
During his televised speech on Monday (March 30), Duterte said the P200 billion worth of aid should be properly distributed to those affected by the COVID-19 threat. He also said that this is not the time for corruption.
“If I discover some embezzlement, some hoarding there, at dina-divert ninyo mga pagkain sa mga taong dapat hindi sa kanila (diverting food not meant for them), you better…I am not a cruel man, kung may report ang pulis (if there is a report from the police), I will order your detention hanggang matapos itong COVID-19 (until this COVID-19 ends),” he said.
Meanwhile, the President expressed his gratitude to the frontliners for their sacrifices and assured they will receive aid from the government.
Duterte said the government will provide needed personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies and devices.
“About 1 million medical protective items are being acquired right now. With the government and the private sector being together to purchase and produce the necessary quantities,” Duterte said. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
President Rodrigo Duterte is set to make an announcement regarding the threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.
According to the Malacañang, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Disease has a adopted a resolution containing the implementation of measures intended to contain the spread of the coronavirus,
The proposed measures will be submitted to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte later today.
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Senator Bong Go on Thursday (March 12) announced that he and President Rodrigo Duterte will undergo testing for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
In a statement on Thursday, Go clarified that the testing is only for precautionary measures.
“We are not doing this because we have symptoms of COVID-19; We are doing this to ensure that we are fit and healthy to engage the public and perform our duties in the coming days and weeks,” his statement reads.
The Senator reiterated that he and the President will remain ready to serve the Filipino people.
According to Go, the decision to get tested was because they have been in contact with some Cabinet members that have been exposed to individuals who tested positive for COVID-19.
Go added that the said Cabinet members already decided to undergo self-quarantine.
“It is just prudent for us to take precautionary measures in compliance with the advice of our health officials,” he said.
Meanwhile, the President already postponed his visit to Boracay amid the COVID-19 situation.—AAC
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