MIAA followed protocols in dealing with runway mishap, says Monreal
Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal on Monday insisted that they followed protocols in dealing with the runway mishap at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) last week.
Monreal was reacting to lawmakers who lambasted transport authorities for their inefficiency in handling the incident that disrupted hundreds of international and domestic flights.
“I respect individuals’ opinion… hindi natin mapeperpekto ang sitwasyon. Maraming mambabatikos, maraming negatibong opinyon, sabi ko nga kasama sa trabaho ‘yan e, pero ang aming konsensya ay tama ho, sa tingin namin, ang aming ginawa (…we cannot have a perfect situation, many were criticizing us and many have expressed their negative opinion. It’s part of our job, but our conscience is clear that we were doing the right thing),” Monreal told reporters in press briefing.
“Kami ang makakapagsabi na sumunod kami sa proseso. Meron po kaming pinagbasehan, hindi po ito nanggaling out of nowhere, meron kaming sinususugan na protocol at proseso (We can tell you that we follow processes. We have bases for our actions and our decisions didn’t just come from nowhere. We have protocols and processes),” he added.
Airport authorities had been extensively criticized for the inconvenience caused by the closure of the 60/24 runway after a Xiamen Air passenger jet skidded off the runway during a heavy downpour on Thursday evening.
Monreal said he respects the critics’ opinions and will take it as a challenge to improve the service.
He also noted that they are ready if summoned by the Senate on August 29 for its investigation on the latest airport incident.
“Wala pa kaming imbitasyon, so far (We haven’t received an invitation, so far)… We will bring the necessary documents and then we will oblige kung ano mga kailangan pagpunta po roon,” he said.
On Monday, Senator Grace Poe filed Senate Resolution No. 852, directing the Senate committee on public services, which she chairs, to conduct a probe on the Naia incident.
Poe said the airport’s “seeming broken systems of regulations” as shown in the incident resulted in “airport paralysis” and flight cancellations that affected thousands of passengers. /ee
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