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    PNP Aviation Security Group arrests members of Salisi Gang operating at NAIA

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, November 25th, 2016

     

    Salisi Gang members nabbed at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

    Salisi Gang members nabbed at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

     

    MANILA, Philippines — Six members of Salisi Gang and two other theft suspects have been arrested by the PNP-Aviation Security Group.

    The suspects have allegedly been victimizing passengers at the terminal of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

    According to the authorities, they were involved in various illegal acts such as stealing cellphones, laptops, wallets and other important belongings of the passengers, usually at the waiting area.

    Despite the cases of theft, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) assured that it has intensified its security at NAIA to apprehend lawless elements preying on passengers.

    Meanwhile, MIAA is also preparing for the possible influx of vacationers travelling this holiday season.

    As estimated by the agency, the number of passengers in NAIA has an upsurge of at least almost 20% during December and January.

    As of now, the agency is coordinating with the Department of Transportation on improving the traffic flow at NAIA.

    Among the measures being considered by MIAA is opening the Villamor Airbase to be utilized as alternative route by the motorists going to the airport.

    “Meron kaming pag-uusap ngayon with Villamor na kung pwede padaanin tayo sa may Villamor area. Isang artery ‘yan na tinitingnan namin,” MIAA General Manager Eddie Monreal said.

    (We already had talks with Villamor if they could let us pass through Villamor area. That is one artery that have been considering.)

    “Tapos nakikipag-ugnyan din sa mga local barangay, sa harapan ng Terminal 3, na kung pwede mapadaan din doon para maibsan sa Andrews Avenue ang traffic,” Monreal added.

    (Then, we are also coordinating with the local barangay – in front of Terminal 3 – if could also allow us traverse there to ease the traffic jam at the Andrews Avenue.)

    Aside from the plan to open other routes, the two-minute waiting time of the vehicles will be strictly imposed at the arrival and departure areas.

    MIAA is hoping that just before the year ends, the remaining parts of NAIA Expressway will be opened for the motorists which will serve as additional road for those going to Terminal 3. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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    NAIA now off worst airports list for 2017 – travel website

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines – The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has inched its way out of the list of worst airports in the world.

    Based on the latest survey of a travel website, www.sleepinginairports.net, the NAIA has definitely gone out of the top 20 worst airports in the world list, where it landed in the top five in 2016.

    It is believed that the issue of bullet-planting in luggage had affected NAIA’s ranking last year. But this was soon resolved under the Duterte Administration.

    “Simple lang ho ang instruction natin (The instruction to us is simple), especially coming from the President, he said that ‘tanggalin na iyang laglag bala na iyan at mawala iyan (remove the bullet-planting scam) which, ginawa ho namin (is what we did). Kapag may nakita kayo, kukumpiskahin lang, ila-log book ka, tapos makakaalis ka rin ho sa flight na sasakyan niyo (If a bullet is found, it will be confiscated, recorded in the logbook, after which you’ll be let off to board your flight),” MIAA Gen. Manager Ed Monreal said.

    Frequent fliers have noted the changes at the airport but some still have complaints.

    “Okay naman, ang laki naman ng improvement. Kaya lang yung Wi-Fi… may dalawang Wi-Fi nga hindi ka naman makapag-connect kaagad, mahirap (It’s okay. There’s a big improvement. But the Wi-Fi…there may be two Wi-Fi connections but you can’t connect easily. It’s difficult),” said one passenger.

    With the good survey result, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) assured that developments in the country’s premier gateway will continue.

    “Well, sa public ho (to the public), we are open to any criticism, we are open to any suggestions. Kung may nakikita ho silang sa tingin nila ay mali, iparating ho sa amin at para magawan ho ng paraan (If they see anything they think is wrong, please let us know and we’ll see what we can do). At kung hindi naman ho… kung mayroon naman ho silang nakikitang kagandahan, sabihin din ho nila (And if they see improvements, let us know too). I-balanse lang ho natin para tayo ay magtulong tulong, para naman sa bayan ho natin ito (Let’s balance things and help each other. This is for the country anyway),” Montreal said.

    Meanwhile, four Philippine airports have made it to the 2017 Top 25 Best Airports in Asia.

    The Department of Transportation (DOTr) takes pride for the inclusion of Iloilo International Airport, Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Clark International Airport and Davao International Airport to the said ranking.

    DOTr Sec. Arthur Tugade said this inspires them to continue doing their job.

    Tugade said that now that the country is no longer in the worst airport list, the department will put it its best efforts to get the Philippines included in the best airports in the world list. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

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    PAL submits counter proposal to DOTr over impending closure of NAIA Terminal 2

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, September 29th, 2017

    FILE PHOTO: An airplane of Philippine Air Lines (Ryan Mendoza / Photoville International)

    MANILA, Philippines — The management of the Philippine Airlines (PAL) submitted to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) their counter proposal for the alleged P7.28 billion debt of the company to the Philippine government.

    This comes after the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte, threatening the chairman and executive officer of PAL, Lucio Tan, of closing down the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2, if the company refuses to pay its debt.

    DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said they now have the counter proposal of PAL and that it will undergo consultation and review before the government could decide on it. — UNTV News & Rescue

     

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    President Duterte warns Lucio Tan and PAL over unpaid runway taxes

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has warned Lucio Tan and the Philippine Airlines (PAL) for not paying the rightful tax to the government.

    The President said he will not let PAL use the runway at the airport if this is not settled within 10 days.

    Tan allegedly failed to pay taxes in using the runway of NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport).

    The President made the statement last Monday night during the 56th Anniversary of Philippine Constitution Association.

    The President said he can talk straight to Tan because he did not receive any campaign fund from the businessman.

    Tan owes the government P30-billion of unpaid taxes to the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

    “I will give you 10 days. Bayaran mo (Pay it). Pag hindi mo bayaran, eh ‘di sirahan ko  (If you don’t pay, I will close it). Wala nang airport (No more airport). So what? Kayo (You) Filipinos have to travel overland from Luzon to Davao. Basta bayaran mo (Just pay it),” said Duterte

    Tan has no official statement yet about the issue. – UNTV News & Rescue

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