Poe wants CAAP to inhibit from NAIA mess probe

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 15) — Senator Grace Poe wants the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to inhibit from the probe into the New Year's day air traffic mess at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to make sure the investigation remains impartial.

Poe, chairperson of the Committee on Public Services, on Sunday said CAAP should not be investigating itself.

She also said she hopes an independent body would conduct the probe, adding Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista could hopefully appoint those who would look into the issues.

Thousands of passengers were stranded last Jan. 1 after technical issues affected NAIA's communication, radio, radar, and internet functions.

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives said they would launch investigations into the incident. 

Meanwhile, officials of CAAP and the Manila International Airport Authority have been urged to resign following the fiasco. Poe said it might be good to appoint another person to head CAAP while the investigation is ongoing.

CAAP Director General Manuel Tamayo earlier said he was willing to file a leave of absence if his continued leadership would cast doubts on the investigation.