CAAP 100% responsible sa air traffic fiasco – Poe

CAAP 100% responsible sa air traffic fiasco – Poe

January 9, 2023 @ 6:38 PM 3 weeks ago

MANILA, Philippines – Naniniwala si Senador Grace Poe na halos 100% responsable ang mga opisyal ng Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) sa nangyaring aberya sa air traffic system noong Bagong Taon na namerwisyo ng libo-libong pasahero.

“I think the CAAP is almost 100 percent responsible for this because when it comes to the operations of commercial air traffic, the operations and giving of the permits, it’s CAAP and [Civil Aeronautics Board], but CAB deals more with the economic aspect and CAAP is the operations,” sinabi ni Poe, chairperson of the Senate public services panel, sa panayam ng ANC nitong Lunes, Enero 9.

“So definitely they’re responsible because those are their people that they assigned there to the air traffic control towers,” dagdag pa niya.

Sa kabila ng pananaw na ito, nilinaw ni Poe na hindi niya sinisisi ang mga air traffic operators dahil alam niyang mahusay ang mga ito at skilled sa naturang gawain.

Samantala, sinalag naman ni Poe ang panawagan na magbitiw na sa pwesto si Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista dahil sa nangyaring insidente.

“Absolutely not. First of all, Secretary Bautista was just sworn into office, and this is a longstanding situation,” aniya.

“There are some miscommunications but definitely, the mettle of the leadership of our Secretary of Transportation will be tested now if there should be an impartial investigation of who is truly liable for the fiasco,” dagdag pa ng Senador.

Nagpadala na ng imbitasyon ang Senate panel kay Bautista, maging kina Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Jose Arturo Tugade, CAAP acting director general Manuel Antonio Tamayo, dating Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, National Security Adviser Clarita Carlos, at mga representante ng private firms na in-charge sa maintenance ng air traffic control systems.

“We’d like to know exactly what caused the power outage. As you mentioned earlier, is it sabotage? Is it cybercrime? Is it human error or just really a failure of the different navigating instruments that we have?” ani Poe.

“What I expect to find out is what they’re doing to prevent something like this from happening again; and who are responsible for it; and what we can do in Congress in terms of our budget efforts to be able to provide the best instruments or whatever we need to ensure the safety of our passengers,” dagdag pa niya. RNT/JGC