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Top Cebu airport official suspended

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Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) CEO and general manager Steve Dicdican was recently suspended after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed charges against him for alleged graft, grave misconduct and gross neglect of duty, among others.


The Office of the Ombudsman reportedly issued the 6-month preventive suspension order to Dicdican as the evidence against him was compelling. It was also meant to prevent any possible tampering of evidence, harassment of witnesses, interference or exercise of influence by him, as well as concealment of pertinent records or documents.


Transportation secretary Arthur Tugade, was tasked to implement the suspension order, which Ombudsman Samuel Martires signed on Wednesday, Dec. 17.


Besides the aforementioned charges, Dicdican was also charged with conduct prejudicial to the best interest of service over MCIAA’s awarding of a 25-year concession deal to GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. for the operation and management of MCIA. GMCAC acquired the bid for P14.4 billion.


The NBI said Dicdican, through the concession deal, allowed foreign citizens to manage and operate MCIA.


The concession agreement covered the construction of a new passenger terminal and associated infrastructure facilities, installation of the required information technology and other equipment commensurate with the operations and maintenance of the passenger terminals during the concession period.

Photo: Detail Magazine


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