Charges filed vs 4 over Robredo crash

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The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Thursday filed criminal and administrative charges against two of its employees and two others from a private aviation company in connection with allegedly fraudulent inspections conducted on the plane that crashed killing Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.

CAAP lawyer and corporate executive officer Abdiel Dan Fajardo filed in the Office of the Ombudsman cases of falsification of public documents, gross misconduct and violation of Republic Act No. 9497, or the Civil Aviation Authority Act of 2008, against CAAP employee Fernando Abalos and private respondents Nelson Napata and Federico Omolon of Aviatour’s Flyin’ Inc.

Abalos, a CAAP airworthiness inspector, was found to have issued the certificate of airworthiness for the Piper Seneca that crashed and sank off Masbate on Aug. 18, 2012, killing Robredo and two others.

The plane, owned and operated by Aviatour, was piloted by Capt. Jessup Bahinting with Kshitiz Chand as copilot. A fourth passenger, Robredo’s aide Senior Insp. June Abrazado, was the only survivor.

In a statement, CAAP said its investigation showed the plane’s certificate of airworthiness was issued on the basis of “fraudulent” certifications allegedly signed by Abalos as procured by the private respondents.

The CAAP accused Abalos of falsely certifying that a test flight was conducted on Jan. 7, 2012, in Mactan, Cebu, to check the airworthiness of the aircraft, when in actuality there was never such a flight.

The Mactan Flight Service Station (MFSS) certified that no flight plan was filed for the plane while the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) certified that no landing or takeoff fees were billed to or paid for by Aviatour on that day.

A separate complaint was lodged by CAAP against check pilot examiner Nomer Christopher Lazaro for falsification of public documents, perjury and violation of RA 9497, as well as an administrative complaint for gross misconduct, serious dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to the service.

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  • tlb6432

    This is good, an example to those others that are doing it as well (culture) and hopefully will impact and reform their ways to be honest and true to their profession.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4TB5ZS3M4WT243LG7FTKWDLRUE noriel m

      yes! Definetely hoping that we stop doing this ‘quick fix’ specially when it comes to safety of the citizen, because it’s a matter of life and death.

  • bongarroyo

    Abangan ang team sfakefire …..sasabihin na naman ng mga iyon na…

    Bakit hindi kasama si mar roxas at pnoy sa kinasuhan sila ang utak ng pagbagsak ng eroplano…LOL

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Charges filed vs 4 over Robredo crash.

    But no case filed against Rico Puno’s overpriced arms deal?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/I6XXLO4X6TJFZHKLP3GQMDILI4 MOTO

      ikaw kaya kaylan masasagasaan sa Edsa?

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        Oops. Resorting to hatred.

    • magiting78

      Bro baka sa susunod pa yun baka ibang topic…At pag marami n patay n pulis kc pumalya yung baril nila baka kasuhan n hahhaa

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        naku po.

      • tlb6432

        Glocks are reliable, huwag lang sana made in China.. haha..

  • catmanjohn

    Perhaps this is the tip of the iceberg that will lead to other, more disturbing revelations.

    • Magsasaka

       i agree they all conspired to kill the only man in this administration who was against jueteng

  • Jane Tan

    Geez took them this long to look at the certificate and find out which airport?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NPV7TOHIJPG3UMTLQDTHLQJR7Y Jack

      maybe it took them this long to produce evidences to protect the mastermind and Fernando Abalos, Nelson Napata and Federico Omolon are the escape goats

  • Love God

    Not surprised of this revelation.

    It is our traditional way of doing things everyday. Just pay that “fix amount”. It is done!

  • Legally Black

    Lesson learned here: Do your job government people! Karma is just around the corner.

  • vin reyes

    iba talaga pag ganitong panahon ng “hangalan”…daming naglalabasang kakaibang balita..kay barrameda, abadilla at iba pa na natutulog sa pansitan ng kung ilang taon na..ngayon eto mukhang nalimpungatan sa pagkakatulog sa pansitan..sigurado kung ang mga taong ito na nasa administrasyon ang mag pipinitensya sa kalye..daming papalo o hahataw sa mga damuhong mga to..hehehe

  • Pulokoy

    Good example, im sure nalagyan lang yung mga inspector para i approve lang yung plane na yun

  • Xi MiX

    mabuti naman…talamak corruption dyan…tahimik lang kaya hindi halata…

  • julieboy

    Hope they go to jail.But when the dust settles normally makakalimutan na yan.Madaming anomalia ang CAAP,hopefully the present Dir. Gen. will be serious and pursue and fire all this crooks running the organization.Thats one of the issues Cat.2 was imposed on the Philippine aviation regulators.

  • tsismoso

    hindi lang sa CAAP may corruption,pati rin sa marina,mas maraming buwaya doon!

  • JOSE RIZAL

    what happened to the survivor? no account was published why he did not perish. a miracle indeed.

  • joeybg

    Kapag nasa ibang bansa lang ang Pinoy ay nagtatrabaho ng tama….. sa sariling Bansa, lahat ng trabaho ay short cut at puro katamaran, at hindi magtatrabaho ng mahusay kung walang lagayan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

    WALANG KINALAMAN YANG 4 NA YAN… THEY ARE INNOCENT

    THE REAL CULPRIT IS GMA….. PNOY

  • zeroko

    RIP for Lobredo but he is the root of all the trouble. First, NAGA tower has closed the airport. He instead called up Naga tower to open if for his flight. 2nd, the pilot upon learning that there is something wrong with his airplane and elect to return. Suddenly, he keeps on flying towards Naga. What could have force him to go against his decision to return? He heh e.Sounds suspicious!

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