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MIAA GM Cesar Chiong on Ombudsman prevention: It was based on anonymous complaint

Cesar Chiong

“The order was based on an anonymous complaint alleging grave abuse of authority.”

This was how Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Cesar Chiong described the order dated April 28, 2023 which he received from the Ombudsman, putting him under preventive suspension for previously re-assigning certain MIAA employees.

Chiong said the questioned move was part of his effort to improve airport operations.

In a statement, Chiong said: “I am confident of being vindicated and cleared in the end, after I am allowed to present my side as a result of my vision and plan to improve airport efficiency and the financial standing of the authority.”

“The country’s main airport faces extremely difficult challenges, and we have started to implement plans and programs that aim to enhance passenger experience at our country’s main gateway,” he added.

Chiong also said that the finances of MIAA have vastly improved without any government subsidy in the short stint that he had been at its helm.

“Putting MIAA in good financial stead is one of my visions. There are others that are just as critical. But for now, I need to focus on the legal issue at hand,” Chiong stressed.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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