Friday, October 17, 2008

Guards caught stealing PAF fuel

A Lesson for us all ...

ROXAS CITY — The Air Transportation Office (ATO) in the city has ordered the relief of two security guards assigned at the Roxas City Airport Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) after they admitted stealing a drum of aviation fuel from the stock of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) last June. ATO Roxas chief Cynthia Aspera said on Tuesday she asked the Eagle Metrix Security Agency based in Iloilo City to relieve security guards Rex Villanueva and Joenel Cabantug starting Oct. 16, 2008. Aspera said Villanueva and Cabantug both admitted that they siphoned last June 21, 2008 the fuel intended for the helicopters of the Philippine Air Force and sold it, saying that they needed the money for their families. The two, however, refused to disclose who bought the fuel from them. The Air Force delivered some 20 drums of fuel to the airport to be used by their helicopters in the relief operations in Capiz after the Typhoon Frank. The emptied drum was discovered only sometime in July by an Air Force personnel. Cabantug and Villanueva asked Aspera to give them another chance since they were willing to pay for the cost of the stolen fuel estimated at P15,000. But Aspera, a cousin of Villanueva, stood firm on her decision not to allow the two to work at the Roxas Airport again. Aspera said they would not file criminal charges against the two if they would pay for the cost of the fuel.

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