Despite the numerous blunders during his time as its head, Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Jose Angel Honrado still refused to own up to the untoward incidents involving the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
After his last flag-raising ceremony as MIAA head, Honrado expressed firmness of his belief that he can’t be blamed for all the issues that plagued NAIA during his watch, the Inquirer reported.
“Please accept the assumption that I did my job as my conscience and competence allowed me to do it,” he said.
Instead, Honrado blamed the media for exaggerating and focusing on the negatives after the airport was labeled as the world’s worst by an international travel site back in 2011. "And media started branding us, hounding us day in and day out."
However, it seemed that even his own employees disagreed with him during his speech, made evident by the jeers he received from his disgruntled workers over alleged unpaid benefits.
Aside from being tagged the worst airport for its dilapidated facilities and frequent flight delays, NAIA is also infamously known for its randomly collapsing infrastructure.
Last week, Honrado insisted that the airport can withstand a 7.6 magnitude earthquake based on rehabilitation done in the past three years.
Among the worst issues that hit Honrado’s management was the “laglag bala” extortion scheme in 2015 which allegedly had corrupt airport personnel involved in the organized modus operandi.
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