- Senator Dick Gordon intended to initiate an investigation due to the delayed development in Clark and Subic airports
- Gordon made this decision after the delays in NAIA flights last Monday because of an emergency runway closure which lasted until 11 p.m. of the same day
- Gordon called the Duterte administration to fast track the development of Subic and Clark airports to solve congestion issues in Manila
After the delay in Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s (NAIA) flights yesterday and the continuous issue in congestion, Senator Richard “Dick” Gordon is now asking for a legislative inquiry to question the delayed development of the ready airport infrastructure in Subic, Zambales and Clark, Pampanga.
Gordon said that he intends to investigate on why Clark has not been utilized in full and Subic has lost its equipment. He expressed this after receiving reports of an emergency runway incident which made NAIA divert 28 flights to Clark International Airport according to Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC).
The senator was referring to the US Naval base in Subic and the American air base near Clark which were both shut down by the Philippines Senate in 1991. Gordon, who was also the mayor of Olangapo City at that time, worked for the 1992 law which converted the former military bases into freeport zones.
“It’s sheer stupidity that we have these wonderful infrastructure and they’re not being used. People suffer daily at the NAIA. Nakakahiya (It’s embarrassing),” said Gordon not hiding his frustration following the temporary closure of the runway in NAIA to avoid safety issues. The construction of small asphalt cracks which got bigger caused the sudden halt in operations until it reopened before 11 p.m. the same day.
He called for the attention of the three-week-old Duterte administration to fast track the development in Subic and Clark to save them from future reputational damage.
Senator Gordon blames the issue of congestion in the country’s main airport as the cause of existing and even future delays. The full use and issue on the development of the Subic and Clark airports have already been suggested by Dick Gordon and Martin Romualdez after the flight delays and cancellations during the APEC summit in 2014.
The Clark International Airport or formerly known as Diosdado Macapagal International Airport is an international gateway to the Philippines. It is managed and operated by a government owned enterprise and the southern part is used by the Philippine Air Force.