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Tugade says everyone did their part in Xiamen crash: Nandoon ako noon, ‘di lang ninyo ako nakita!

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Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade told Senators he was at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) when authorities were workign double time to remove the Xiamen Air flight MF8667 which crashed and blocked the runway for days.

“Lilinawin ko lang po, nandoon po ako sa mismong area sa pinangyarihan ng insidente. Hindi lang po ako nagpakita, dahil alam ko po ang epekto ng aking presensya sa pagta-trabaho ng lahat,” said Tugade who claimed he was inside the office of Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Eddie Monreal.

Tugade was criticized for being MIA (missing in action) during the August 16 crash which left thousands of inbound and outbound passengers stranded and NAIA closed for days.

Tugade refused to blame any officials working on the ground.

“Una po, ang Xiamen incident ay na-cause ng Xiamen Airlines kung tatanunging mayroon ba akong nasabing tao dahil hindi naasikaso yung estado ng problema, wala po,” Tugade said.

He said the MIAA, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, and the Civil Aeronautics Board were able to handle the situation despite the existing conditions when the incident happened.

With a report from PNA

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