Red lightning alert suspends NAIA ramp operations

Robie de Guzman   •   June 20, 2019   •   3119

MANILA, Philippines – Ramp movement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport was temporarily suspended on Thursday after the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) issued a red lightning alert.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said the alert was raised at 5:17 p.m.

LIGHTNING ADVISORY1730HPAGASA declared a Lightning Red Alert at 1717H today.Ramp movement for both airport…

Posted by Ninoy Aquino International Airport MIAA on Thursday, 20 June 2019

“Ramp movement for both airport personnel and aircraft is suspended for safety reasons,” it said. “A prolonged lightning red alert may cause delays in flight operations.”

A red lightning alert is issued when lightning strikes are prevalent in the area and may endanger personnel, passenger and flight operations.

A prolonged lightning red alert may cause delays in flight operations.

As of posting, the MIAA has downgraded the lightning alert to yellow around 5:55 p.m.

Inflight wastes from passenger aircraft could be source of ASF virus – DENR

Marje Pelayo   •   September 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) does not impose quarantine protocols when it comes to inflight wastes of arriving aircraft.

Thus, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) urges airline contractors in NAIA to conduct waste treatment of all inflight wastes before they are shipped to Payatas dumpsites.

According to practice, inflight wastes are brought to Payatas dumpsites where food leftovers are separated from recyclable items.

Such food leftovers from inbound flights could be the source of African Swine Fever (ASF) that entered the country, according to DENR.

“Itong mga tirang pagkain na ito, ito yung binabalot nila at ibenebenta sa Rizal sa mga backyard (These food leftovers are wrapped and sold to backyards in Rizal),” DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda said.

Antiporda argued that passenger aircraft travel to and from different countries so it is possible, he said, that the pig virus could have come from ASF-infected countries and reached the Philippines through food leftovers from these passenger aircraft.

The official said, since the outbreak of ASF surfaced some months ago, the Philippines has placed quarantine measures across the country’s seaports and airports.

“Ang nangyari kasi sa airport may quarantine sa tao pero sa basura wala (What happened was, (our) airports set up quarantine for humans and none for garbage),” Antiporda noted, however.

For now, the DENR is also awaiting the result coming from the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) regarding the tests conducted to the recovered pig carcasses in Marikina River and in a creek in Quezon City.

Antiporda expressed concern, meanwhile, of the possibility that the virus could develop into a water-borne disease as this would definitely and hugely affect the environment. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Raps filed against American woman caught hiding a baby inside her bag at NAIA

Robie de Guzman   •   September 5, 2019

Jennifer Erin Talbot

MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has filed human trafficking and kidnapping with serious illegal detention charges against an American woman who was caught hiding a six-day old baby boy inside her bag at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The NBI filed the complaints against the woman, identified as Jennifer Erin Talbot, 43 who is now under its custody following her arrest on Wednesday morning.

Talbot was apprehended after she was reported by an airline personnel to be carrying an infant in her sling bag, without proper travel documents, when she was about to board a flight to the United States.

Talbot did not declare the baby when she passed thru the immigration counter at the airport.

The NBI said that upon investigation, Talbot failed to present travel clearance for the baby boy from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) nor a written consent from the infant’s parents.

The baby boy was born on August 29 in a hospital in Davao City to a mother who allegedly executed a notarized affidavit of consent and support to the infant’s travel to the US, but was not signed, according to the bureau.

The NBI said Talbot was charged for violation of the Section 4(k) in relation to Section 6 of Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act as amended by RA 10364 or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012; Section 10 (a) of RA 7610 or the Special Protection of Children against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act, and Article 267 of the Revised Penal Code (Kidnapping and Serious Illegal Detention).

Talbot was presented for inquest proceedings before the office of the prosecutor of Pasay City.

The parents of the baby, identified as Maricris Cempron Dulap and an unnamed father, also face charges for child abuse. Both remain at large.

The baby has been placed under the care of the DSWD.

P15-M worth of used cellphones, accessories intercepted in NAIA

Marje Pelayo   •   August 30, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Customs personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) intercepted P15-M worth of used cellphones and accessories shipped from Korea.

The items, which were presented to the public on Friday (August 23), included 825 used smart phones, lithium batteries and phone accessories that were part of two shipments registered to the same consignee.

Following the seizure, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) issued a statement expressing that the agency only allows importation of cellphones and accessories if they are intended for personal use or as gifts for relatives, but not for commercial use or in large quantities.

The NTC reiterates that allowing such practice “will adversely affect interests of legitimate manufacturers” and will compromise consumers’ safety and security.

Korean tech giant Samsung Philippines Corporation commended Customs NAIA for the said accomplishment.

“We laud the Bureau of Customs, headed by District Collector Carmelita Talusan, for helping keep the Philippines free of possibly counterfeit products that did not seek proper importation permits and sufficient quality control. We ask the public to remain vigilant when purchasing Samsung devices”, said Marlene Cinco Public Relations Head, Samsung Philippines.

The Korean firm also encouraged users to patronize legitimate Samsung devices from authorized Samsung dealers nationwide to uphold quality and safety, according to the BOC.

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