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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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Xiamen Air to pay P15-M for runway mishap

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

A Xiamen aircraft ready for takeoff | Xiamen Airlines via Facebook

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) will charge Xiamen Air P15-M to cover the rental cost of equipment used in clearing the damaged plane from the main runway of Ninoy Aquino International Airport, said MIAA general manager Ed Monreal in an interview Tuesday.

MIAA will also charge the airline for lost revenue in landing and take-off fees.

Xiamen Air has issued an apology to passengers and other airlines affected by the accident.

The incident resulted in hundreds of canceled flights and thousands of passengers stranded.

By Tuesday, flight operations were back to normal and the crowds have dwindled to a manageable size.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines will continue to investigate the incident.

The House Committee on Transportation is also set to conduct an inquiry on September 5.

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Gadon welcomes forwarding of Sereno graft charges to Ombudsman

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Lawyer Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon

Lawyer Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon lauded the decision of the Department of Justice to forward the graft complaint against ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to the Office of the Ombudsman.

Gadon filed before the DOJ last January the graft complaint against Sereno whom he accused of failing to file her SALNs during her 17-year stint as a professor at the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law.

The preliminary investigation on Gadon’s complaints was shelved at the DOJ since, at the time they were filed, Sereno was still Chief Justice and was immune from suit.

Guevarra said he has endorsed the complaint against Sereno to the top anti-graft office after she was ousted as top magistrate via quo warranto proceedings. — Mai Bermudez

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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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