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Duterte says sorry to MIASCOR over NAIA kickout: Kasalanan ng isa, kasalanan ng lahat

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President Rodrigo Duterte has apologized to aviation services provider MIASCOR for terminating its contract at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) over the involvement of one of its personnel in luggage theft, but maintained his decision stands.

In a speech before the Filipino community in Hong Kong Thursday (April 12), Duterte said he had warned MIASCOR before the incident not to be involved in stealing from airline passengers’ luggage.

“I’m sorry. I told you. Isa lang magkasala… Para lahat magbantay,” he said.

Duterte acknowledged that his decision to terminate MIASCOR’s contract at NAIA led over 2,000 people to lose their jobs. However, he said he has talked to another aviation services provider to absorb the workers who were laid off.

“But they have been desperate in trying for the restoration of their contract. ‘Pag nabitawan ko na salita ko, wala na ‘yan,” he said.

Duterte ordered the termination of MIASCOR’s contract after learning its employees stole from the luggage of a Filipino worker returning from Canada at the Clark International Airport.

MIASCOR, who has been at NAIA for decades, services 15 airlines.

According to the Manila International Airport Authority, MIASCOR’s extended lease and concession contract will end on April 21.