Ex-aviation office exec charged for graft
MANILA, Philippines – A former official of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) was charged with graft before the Sandiganbayan for alleged unlawful issuance of an operating permit to an airline in 2008.
The Office of the Ombudsman accused former CAAP deputy director-general for operations Daniel Dimagiba of giving unwarranted benefits to One Sky Aviation Services Inc, which was able to secure an air carrier operating certificate (ACOC) despite having insufficient documents.
One Sky has no certificate of public convenience and necessity from the Civil Aeronautics Board, a requirement under Republic Act 9497 or the CAAP Charter.
The Ombudsman also held that it's only the CAAP director general who has the authority to issue an ACOC.
The case against Dimagiba stemmed from a complaint filed by former CAAP director-general Ruben Ciron. Dimagiba and Ciron were appointees of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Dimagiba was removed from his position in 2009 for grave misconduct. Aside from approving One Sky's ACOC, he was accused of collecting $1,500 from foreign students of flying schools in exchange for signing their certificates.
But in 2010, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) ordered Dimagiba's reinstatement on the ground that the Special Hearing and Adjudication Board created by Ciron had no authority to suspend or dismiss a deputy director general of CAAP.
The CSC ruling was upheld by the Court of Appeals in August 2012, and by the Supreme Court in September 2013.
Dimagiba is the husband of Court of Appeals Justice Leoncia Dimagiba. – Rappler.com
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