Dino’s land­ing: What’s the big fuss?

Sun.Star Cebu - - OPINION - BOBBY NALZARO [email protected]­star.com.ph

So what’s the big fuss over the con­tro­ver­sial land­ing of the chop­per Pres­i­den­tial As­sis­tant for the Visayas Michael Dino rode in? Dino’s po­lit­i­cal de­trac­tors and some ne­ti­zens quickly crit­i­cized him and called his con­duct abuse of power when a video showed him get­ting off from the chop­per that landed at the oval of the Ul­tra Philip­pine Sports Com­plex in Pasig City last Wed­nes­day.

It be­came con­tro­ver­sial as the land­ing had no prior clear­ance and au­thor­ity from of­fi­cials of the Philip­pine Sports Com­mis­sion (PSC) that man­ages the facility. The land­ing vi­o­lated the pro­to­col of the Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity of the Philip­pines as it endangered the lives of the ath­letes prac­tic­ing in the oval.

Dino got off after an es­cort cleared the area. While walk­ing, he was greeted by an uniden­ti­fied per­son wear­ing a red t-shirt who pointed to an un­known di­rec­tion. Dino, wear­ing a black jacket and maong pants, was seen walk­ing. Then the video stopped. Was Dino’s con­duct abu­sive based on the footage? No.

But why did it be­come con­tro­ver­sial? Be­cause of the claim that Dino used a govern­ment chop­per and the land­ing was unau­tho­rized. Mean­ing, he could be us­ing his strong con­nec­tion with Mala­cañang.

Jonji Gon­za­les, Dino’s as­sis­tant, said Dino was on his way to Batan­gas City to in­au­gu­rate an­other Malasakit Cen­ter. The chop­per landed at Ul­tra to fetch other of­fi­cials to join Dino’s del­e­ga­tion. Dino dis­em­barked to look for a com­fort room. Mala­cañang spokesman Sal­vador Panelo said the fault was that of the pi­lot who landed in the area with­out prior clear­ance. But was it the de­ci­sion of the pi­lot or did some­one or­der him to land?

I be­lieve the pi­lot had a prior ar­range­ment to fetch the other mem­bers of the del­e­ga­tion at the Ul­tra. As for the clear­ance, I think it is the obli­ga­tion of the pi­lot to ask for that.

But what’s the big fuss over this is­sue? Is there some­one be­hind this? Dino’s de­trac­tors should in­stead dig deeper. They should check who owns the chop­per. Was it rented or pro­vided for free? Were govern­ment funds in­volved and who au­tho­rized the trip? Is put­ting Malasakit Cen­ters in other parts of the coun­try part of Dino’s func­tion? I un­der­stand the es­tab­lish­ment of Malasakit Cen­ters is de­signed to boost the sen­a­to­rial bid of Bong Go.

Nag­duda ko nga usa sa mga nagpa-dako an­ing isyuha kanang yabag diha sa City Hall.

Dino’s de­trac­tors should in­stead dig deeper. They should check who owns the chop­per. Was it rented or pro­vided for free?

Here’s a re­quest from col­league Ed­die Bar­rita, per­pet­ual pres­i­dent of the Visaya­nian Staffers Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion.

Mem­bers of the Visaya­nian Staffers Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion and the UV Law Class ‘63 will hold their joint pre-Sin­u­log get-to­gether at 11 a.m. on Fri­day, Jan. 18, 2019 at the Ecotech Cen­ter in Sud­lon, Lahug, Cebu City.

The group’s mem­bers in­clude for­mer Court of Ap­peals jus­tice Por­tia Aliño-Hor­ma­chue­los, for­mer Judge Ben­jie Co­barde, for­mer ex­ec­u­tive la­bor ar­biter Rey Be­larmino, for­mer Sun­Star Cebu ed­i­tor-in-chief Pachico Seares, for­mer The Free­man pub­lisher Jerry Tundag, colum­nists and broad­cast­ers Frank Mali­long and Elias Espinoza, colum­nist Ed­die Bar­rita, lawyer and re­tired gen­eral Fritz Quiñanola and Jesse Ba­con.

I still hope that the devel­op­ers will have a change of heart and will con­tinue the de­vel­op­ment with­out com­pro­mis­ing the im­por­tant el­e­ments that make the Pa­tria what it is.


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