It’s good to hear the memorandum issued by Manila International Airport General Manager Eddie Monreal dated Oct. 4, 2018—providing for stringent requirements for all personnel, concessionaires, stakeholders including media practitioners covering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport—has been suspended.
The suspension of the order was announced by Assistant General Manager of the MIAA Security and Emergency Services.
Media practitioners covering the NAIA beat welcomed the news as they were about to raise hell when Monreal issued the order saying they were not employees of the airport to be bound by the requirements. It would have cost them a few thousand pesos had it been implemented.
Included in the requirements to gain accreditation as provided for in the Monreal Order are:
(a) Filled-up Personnel Security Investigation form; (b) NBI Clearance; (c) Birth Certificate (PSA Copy); Regional Trial Court Clearance; (e) Municipal Trial Court Clearance; (f) Prosecutor’s Office Clearance; (g) Police Clearance; (h) Barangay Clearance; and, (i) Drug Test Result.
What was Monreal thinking when he issued the order? His list of requirements is stricter than those required for seeking a License to Own and Possess a Firearm.
Who were the geniuses behind this idea?
Fortunately, someone knocked senses into their shells before hell broke loose.
But unless the order is totally recalled, we cannot say everything’s well within the NAIA for all those personnel, concessionaires, stakeholders including media practitioners.
For the meantime maybe.
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The other day, we received a call from Atty. Manny Luna of Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission the clarifying some matters on the issue of the complaint filed by one Ed Cordevilla against Customs lawyer Ma. Lourdes Mangaoang, who was the subject of my column last Thursday.
Luna made it clear the PACC has yet to take cognizance on Cordevilla’s complaint, dismissing rumors the Commission has already dropped Mangaoang.
The full text of the PACC statement, as Luna had sent to this writer, is as follows:
“The PACC disavows that it has taken cognizance of the unverified letter of a certain Ed Cordevilla.
As is the practice and rule of the PACC, all complaints undergo processing and determination of the jurisdiction of the Commission and sufficiency of allegations.
As a matter of fact, Customs Collector Ma. Lourdes Mangaoang is a resource person of the Commission and is under its protection in accordance with E.O. 43.”
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While I have encountered a lot of cases wherein almost all the members of a political family entering a political race, rare is the case of spouses—resigned Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano, who will be vying for the representation of the First and Second District of Taguig, respectively.
Of course there is nothing illegal there. But what is puzzling is that running for different districts would require them to register with different addresses.
Does that mean they are not living under the same roof?