“There is nothing to appeal as government has no existing contract with MIASCOR Groundhandling Corporation. The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA)’s lease and concession agreement contract with MIASCOR has already expired,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement released January 21.
He said in light a directive from President Rodrigo Duterte, the position of the MIAA is not to renew the contract following its expiration because of many cases and instances of pilferage, both in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and Clark International Airport.
“These include the theft committed to the wife of a Turkish diplomat and the alleged involvement of a MIASCOR supervisor with illegal drugs,” he added.
“Our national interest is of paramount importance. In particular, we need to protect airport travelers from baggage theft, especially overseas Filipino workers who work so hard to earn a living, and to make sure that potential tourists and investors are not turned off by such incidents at the airport,” he added.
With regards to the fate of MIASCOR employees, “qualified MIASCOR personnel will be absorbed by other existing ground handlers,” he said.
“The fact is the jobs are there so these will be filled up either by new hires or qualified staff from MIASCOR,” he explained.