Romero renews call for Abaya’s ouster

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Sunday, March 29, 2015


ANGELES CITY -- Businessman Rene Romero is calling for the ouster of Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya for failing to fully develop the Clark International Airport (CRK).

Romero issued the statement supporting the call of various organizations and businessmen in Pampanga and Central Luzon for Abaya to resign from his post as chief of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

“Aku maluat ku neng panalangin milako keng puestu na I Abaya uling keng lawe ku ena akakit itang dapat a masanting para keng bansa,” Romero said.

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If given a chance, Romero said he will tell President Aquino to replace the DOTC secretary for “somebody who sees what is good for Clark and the whole country.

Abaya also failed to address other issues on traffic congestion in Metro Manila, the MRT operation, and other airports in the country, Romero claimed.

“Nung pwedi retang secretary a akakit de ing masalese para keng bansa. Nung lawen mu naman, aliwa mu ing Clark ing atin problema. Ing MRT, traffic keng Metro Manila ampo reng airports tamu, ena la man makanyan kasalese,” Romero said.

Domestic and international airports in the country are deteriorating in terms of amenities, according to Romero.

“Ibat ku pa mu kareng aliwang airports locally ne, mibabalik nala ketang dating estadu. Ketang aldo akit mu malinis, mabanglu, atin toilet paper at gagana la reng giripu at atin sabun. Lately, reng aliwa mag deteriorate na la,” Romero said.

The businessman clarified that he is not attacking the Abaya’s personality. “What I am attacking is his ability to run the DOTC.”

Abaya should lobby and push for the construction of connectivity infrastructures in Clark, Romero said. “Makalungkut ‘ot ali de akakit ing kasantingan na ning Clark.”

At the same time, Romero expressed support to the stand of another Angeles City-based businessman Ruperto Cruz, who heads the Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM), to stop the national government from crowding the Clark aviation complex.

Cruz earlier assailed the contract forged between the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) and the Luen Thai (L&T) garment factory for the firm’s expansion project inside the aviation complex.

He also cited the plan of the Philippine Sports Commission and National Olympics Committee to transfer the Rizal Memorial Coliseum national training to a 50-hectare property situated inside the Clark airport complex.

"This is clear indication that there is a conspiracy to sabotage the development of Clark airport," Cruz said.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 30, 2015.

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