By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator JV Ejercito on Wednesday claimed that fiasco over at the Philippine air traffic control system has opened up a bag of worms and jeopardized both the country’s territorial integrity and the safety of thousands of passengers.
“The incident posed a serious national security concern where the territorial integrity of the country might have been jeopardized and the vulnerability of the country’s air navigation system exposed,” the lawmaker said.
Ejericto issued Senate Resolution No. 400 in response to the tragedy, which instructed the Senate Committee on Public Services to investigate the sudden power outage even as he offered recommendations for bolstering the nation’s aviation sector.
“It is imperative to inquire into the state and integrity of the country’s air traffic management system for us to be appraised of the need to upgrade and modernize the system in order to ensure that similar incidents will be averted,” he said.
The Air Traffic Management Center (ATMC) of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the country’s main international airport, was downed by a power outage on New Year’s Day, resulting in the cancellation, delay, and diversion of around 3,000 inbound and outbound flights throughout the country.
It was estimated that more than 50,000 air passengers including 3,000 overseas Filipino workers were affected and stranded as a result of the massive technical glitch that happened on the first day of the New Year at the country’s gateway to the world. (ai/mtvn)