Tugade to be invited to Senate probe on NAIA woes


Posted at Aug 21 2018 10:59 AM | Updated as of Sep 18 2019 04:43 PM

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The Senate will invite Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to its legislative inquiry into the 2-day closure of a runway at Ninoy Aquino International Airport that stranded thousands of travelers, Senator Grace Poe said Tuesday.

NAIA was blocked from Thursday evening to Saturday noon by a Xiamen Airlines jetliner that lost its left engine during a bumpy landing, leading to the cancellation of some 200 flights.

Tugade will be asked at the Aug. 29 probe to explain the delineation of responsibility over the incident and why it took 2 days before the stalled aircraft was removed, said Poe, who chairs the Senate transportation committee.

Poe said she will also ask authorities about supposed delays in the approval of a consortium's plan to upgrade NAIA facilities.

"Ang daming puwede nilang magawa na hindi nila nagawa agad," she told radio DZMM.

(They could have done many things but they didn't do so.)

The Senate will also investigate Xiamen's possible lapses and may summon the pilot involved in the runway overshoot, she added.

DZMM, 21 August 2018