Palace blames pi­lot for Dino stopover in Ul­tra

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MALACAÑANG on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 10, ab­solved Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s as­sis­tant for the Visayas Michael Dino of any ac­count­abil­ity for an unau­tho­rized he­li­copter land­ing at the Philip­pine Sports Com­plex (Ul­tra) in Pasig City and blamed the pi­lot in­stead.

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Sal­vador Panelo said the pi­lot is solely re­spon­si­ble for the chop­per land­ing.

Panelo ex­plained that Dino was merely a pas­sen­ger who is not privy to any in­for­ma­tion con­cern­ing the plane land­ing.

“That was the fault of the pi­lot, not the pas­sen­ger. Sa akin, as far as I am con­cerned, ano na­man ang kasalanan ng pasa­hero? Pasa­hero lang siya dun (For me, as far as I am con­cerned, what’s the fault of the pas­sen­ger? He’s just a pas­sen­ger),” the Palace of­fi­cial said.

Dino was un­der fire after a video of him step­ping out of the he­li­copter in the mid­dle of a sports event held at Ul­tra went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia.

On Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 9, the Of­fice of the Pres­i­den­tial As­sis­tant for the Visayas (OPAV) ex­plained that the he­li­copter was there to pick up some pas­sen­gers and Dino took the op­por­tu­nity to take a bath­room break.

As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Jonji Gon­za­les, OPAV spokesper­son, said Dino was un­aware that there was an on­go­ing sports event when his chop­per landed at the Ul­tra Sports Com­plex.

Panelo said it was the pi­lot’s fault, stress­ing that the lat­ter should have ver­i­fied first if the area where the he­li­copter would land was clear.

“If he (pi­lot) landed there when there’s an on­go­ing game, mai­is­torbo nga. Da­pat nun, nag-com­mu­ni­cate siya kung clear ba ang ground (If he landed there when there’s an on­go­ing game, then it would re­ally be in­ter­rupted. The pi­lot should have com­mu­ni­cated to know if the ground’s clear),” he said.

“The pi­lot should have known that be­cause you’re sup­posed to have clear­ance. Mag­pa­paalam ka muna kung saan ka pupunta. Unang-una, hi­hingi ka ng clear­ance sa tower kung pwede ka nang mag-take off. Ta­pos kung saan ka maglaland­ing, da­pat alam mo na clear doon. Mali ang pi­loto doon,” he added.

(The pi­lot should have known that be­cause you’re sup­posed to have clear­ance. Ask per­mis­sion first where you should go. First, seek a clear­ance as to where you can take off. And if you’re about to land, make sure it’s clear. The pi­lot is at fault there.)

Panelo said Dino was crit­i­cized be­cause he is a pub­lic of­fi­cial.

“Ang dat­ing parang nagabuso si Sec­re­tary Dino. Ang tin­gin ko doon, nagkataon lang na nan­doon ka, nakita mukha mo doon. Pero ang reaksyon ng mga tao doon, nag­ulo, gin­im­bala niyo yung game ng chop­per niyo. ‘Yun yun,” Panelo said.

(Peo­ple think that Sec­re­tary Dino abused his power. For me, it hap­pened by chance that he’s there and the peo­ple saw him. The pub­lic’s re­ac­tion was the chop­per in­ter­rupted the game.)

“Kung alam niya na merong game, mali siya as an of­fi­cial (If he is aware that there’s an on­go­ing event, he made a mis­take as an of­fi­cial),” he added./sun­star Philip­pines

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