Roxas: Sanction those responsible for NAIA 3 blackout

Bea Cupin
Roxas: Sanction those responsible for NAIA 3 blackout

John Jerome E. Ganzon

The former transportation chief says it's 'only right' that Malacañang sanction officials liable for the 5-hour power outage at NAIA 3

MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer and former transportation secretary Manuel Roxas II said it was “only right” for heads to roll over the recent 5-hour power outage at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.

Dapat hindi nangyari ito. At tulad ng ibang bagay, dapat malaman natin, saan ba nangyari ‘yung tripping? Nag-trip ba mula sa Meralco? Nag-trip ba ‘yung mga generator? Saan ba nangyari na hindi natugunan ito? Because supposed to be, may back-up and double back-up ‘yang mga sistema na ‘yan,” Roxas told reporters in a chance interview on Tuesday, April 5, in Olongapo City.

(It should not have happened. And as in all things, we need to know why it happened. Where did the tripping happen? Did it trip because of Meralco? Did the generators trip? Where did it happen and why wasn’t it addressed immediately? Because there’s supposed to be a back-up and a double back-up for the systems.)

Roxas, the ruling party’s bet for president, was transportation chief for over a year under President Benigno Aquino III. He was eventually moved to the interior department and resigned late 2015 to run for president.

Dapat hindi nangyayari ito, at alamin kung ano talaga ang nangyari para mapatanggal, maparusahan, mapuna ang mga dapat na may kasalanan,” added Roxas.

(Incidents like this should not happen and we should know what really happened so we can sack, punish, and admonish those at fault.)

Jose Angel Honrado is the General Manager of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), which is under the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC). The DOTC, in turn, is now headed by Roxas’ successor Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, acting president of the ruling LP.

Thousands of passengers were left stranded on Saturday, April 2, when a blackout hit the NAIA 3. Flights were either cancelled or delayed.

Asked if the Palace “will sanction” officials responsible for the power outage, Roxas said: “Hindi naman, it’s not a question of my will. Dapat lamang. Wala namang Pilipino na nagnanais na mangyari ito. Wala namang Pilipino na nagnanais na hindi natin malaman kung anong nasa likod nito. So dapat lang nating malaman, ano ba talagang nangyari dito, dahil dapat na hindi maulit ito.”

(That’s not it, it’s not a question of my will. It’s only right. No Filipino wants this to happen. All Filipinos want to know who’s responsible for this. So it’s only right that we find out what really happened because this should never happen again.)

Abaya, in a press conference on Sunday, April 3, said one generation set was “drained” so power was not transmitted to the NAIA 3. The transportation chief said poor maintenance of the generation sets could be the culprit. –

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Bea Cupin

Bea is a senior multimedia reporter who covers national politics. She's been a journalist since 2011 and has written about Congress, the national police, and the Liberal Party for Rappler.