No need to probe ‘apparent incompetence’ of NAIA officials

Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. today dismissed all proposals to conduct an investigation on the five-hour power outage at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) saying there is no need to probe something that is already very obvious to everyone.

He said the power outage in the international airport was caused by plain and simple incompetence by the people who are running the airport.

“Hindi na kailangan ng imbestigasyon yan, maliwanag na hindi nila ginagawa ang trabaho nila” he said.

He said that he has long been calling for the resignation of the officials running the airport starting with Manila International Airport Administration General Manager Jose Angel Honrado. “Matagal ko nang sinasabi yung General Manager (si) Gen. Honrado hindi naman nya ginagawa ang trabaho nya. He’s really incompetent. I don’t know why he’s still there,” he said.

Marcos had earlier called for the sacking of Honrado over the bullet-planting extortion scam (tanim-bala) at the NAIA allegedly perpetuated by airport personnel.

The senator further said providing generators and making sure that they work when the need arises is a basic safety requirement that should be part of the airport’s standard operating procedure.

“Hindi na kailangan ng paliwanag diyan (kasi) maliwanag na kailangan ng generator na nakahanda. It is a safety issue. Kung mamatay ang kuryente, halimbawa sa tower, wala silang mabibigay na instruction sa mga eroplanong gustong lumanding,” he pointed out.

The issue of power interruptions has long been raised because of the summer season, according to Marcos, which is the reason why he found it very absurd that the airports generators were not working at the time of the brownout.

“Nagsimula na at tag-araw na, matagal nang pinag-uusapan na baka magkaroon na nga ng brownout.Hindi ko naman maintindihan bakit ang airport natin, which is a critical facility ay hindi nakahanda at wala silang generator. Dapat may ready na generator. Andami-daming generator ng gobyerno e bakit hindi sila humiram kahit habang summer?,” he wondered.

He added that with the way the country’s premier airport is run, it should serve as a lesson to the incoming administration to appoint only the most qualified people in government and not based appointments on political accommodation.

“Yung mga nakikita nating problema kaya’t maraming nagrereklamo sa patakbo ng airport dahil mukhang hindi talaga maganda ang management at hindi talaga naayos ang mga problema. Kayat siguro panahon na na pag-isip-isipan natin na kung sino-sino yung mga nilalagay dyan sa mga posisyon na critical na ganyan ay talagang marurunong at nakakaunawa sa kanilang trabaho,” he said.

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