Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Jose Angel Honrado has been charged with graft and corrupt practices before the Office of the Ombudsman.
In an eight-page complaint affidavit, lawyer Ramil Joselito Tamayo, founder of Koalisyon Kontra Katiwalian, recently asked the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate the alleged violation of the Constitution committed by Honrado and other MIAA officials, after awarding a contract for the ground handling of NAIA Terminals 1 and 3 to DNata Inc., which according to documents from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), is 100 percent owned by foreigners from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
It was learned that Dnata Inc., headed by Garry Chapman, has been managing the ground handling services in NAIA 1 and 3 since 1998, and continued during the term of Honrado.
Besides Honrado, also slapped with graft charges before the Ombudsman were Vicente Guerzon, MIAA assistant general manager; Ma. Perla Dumo, Officer-in-Charge MIAA legal office; and Margaret Yu, director and general manager of Dnata Inc.
The Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act covers violations of Section 3 of Republic Act 3019 and Section 4 of RA 6730.
Tamayo said the management of the ground handling services of NAIA Teminals 1 and 3, which are public utility services, should be given to Filipinos only or a company with 60 percent Filipino ownership.