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Group calls for renaming of NAIA back to MIA

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, May 25th, 2018

FILE PHOTO:  NAIA Terminal 1. (Ryan Mendoza / Photoville International)

A group headed by Atty. Larry Gadon is pushing for the renaming of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to its original name, Manila International Airport (MIA).

Gadon said it’s not right to name the country’s prime gateway after a politician like the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino.

“Labag sa batas ng republic act na nag uutos na ang pag lagay ng pangalan sa isang establishimento o kahit anong public places ay nangangailangan ng 10 taon. Eh si Ninoy ay namatay ng 1983 so nung 1987 pinalitan nila yung pangalan ng MIA,” he explained.

(It’s against the law which states that naming of establishments or public places after dead personalities requires a 10-year prescription period. Ninoy died in 1983 but they already changed MIA’s name in 1987.)

“Ito’y isang pagpapalaganap lamang ng kanyang pangalan, ito ay indoctrination. Ito ay isang pagbi-brainwash sa mga Plipino na siya ay isang bayani upang ang kaniyang angkan ay mamayagpag palagi sa politika,” Gadon said.

(This is just a way of promoting his name; an indoctrination. This is brainwashing Filipinos to think he is a hero so that his clan can continue to dominate Philippine politics.)

He added that the late senator committed acts that he should be held accountable for, such as his “fake account” of the Jabidah massacre in 1967 and his connivance with the communists in the bombing of Plaza Miranda in 1971. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Congress to probe Friday’s NAIA runway mishap

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, August 20th, 2018

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

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Malacañang ready to apologize to passengers stranded at NAIA

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, August 20th, 2018

Malacañang is willing to apologize to thousands of passengers left stranded at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport after flights were cancelled due to a Chinese plane crash landing on the runway last Thursday, said Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque, Sunday.

“Of course government is ready to apologize should there be a need or reason for it,” he said.

Amid complaints of irate passengers, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has earlier apologized for the incident, saying it was an “eye-opener” that calls for a second look at the procedures and protocols of concerned agencies and airlines that need improvement.

The airport terminal was shut down for almost 36 hours, resulting in hundreds of flights being cancelled, delayed or redirected.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines is conducting an investigation into the incident and has barred the plane’s pilot from leaving the country.

“Titingnan po natin kung may pananagutan iyong piloto (We will see if the pilot is accountable for what happened),” added Roque.

The ill-fated Xiamen Air Flight MF8667 veered off the main runway of NAIA on Friday, August 17, after attempting to land in bad weather.

All 157 passengers and eight crew members were evacuated from the plane safely. — Mai Bermudez

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BOC records P37-M drug haul in 3 months

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

 

 

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña presented to the members of the press the parcels of illegal drugs that they intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in that came in separate flights from May to July.

The parcels, containing over six kilos of shabu and ecstasy worth more than P37-million, were concealed in various items such as a baby carrier, a camera, finance magazines and bar stools, among others.

“What we are seeing now is a result of a continuing intensified campaign against illegal drugs that is the joint undertaking with the PDEA,” Lapeña said.

Parts of the said illegal drugs consigned to different people were supposed to be delivered to New Zealand while the rest came from the United States and Germany.

District collector Carmelita Talusan of NAIA port said that aside from using x-ray machines, the parcels were intercepted because of the profiling used by their front liners.

“There’s a lot of a joint knowledge para maka-apprehend ng drugs not only x-ray. They do study body language; study the behavior of the passengers o yung mga claimants,” said Talusan.

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is set to turn over the drug haul to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for backtracking and filing of charges.

The Customs chief also vowed to intensify the joint operation inter-agency drug intervention task force of BOC and PDEA to curb drug smuggling.

This is despite the recent issue about the illegal drugs inside magnetic lifters.

PDEA Chief Aaron Aquino has earlier claimed that a ton of shabu has already made its way to the streets after they failed to intercept it following the discovery of more magnetic lifters in Cavite, similar to the ones found at the Manila Port.

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