CAAP linked to new scam

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THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is again mired in controversy after its chief of the Flight Standard Inspectorate Service (FSIS) was discovered to be a top official of a private flying school based in Taguig City.

In another clear case of “conflict of interest”, records from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) showed that  Capt. Beda B. Badiola, chief of the FSIS, continues to serve in the board of directors of Leading Edge International Aviation Academy, Inc.

Badiola was brought into the CAAP by director general and former Air Force commanding general, William H. Hotchkiss, when the latter assumed his post in July last year.

SEC documents furnished to this reporter dated March 7, 2013, showed that Badiola, who is tasked to regulate and issue licenses to pilot and flying schools, remains on the board of directors of Leading Edge, a flying school that he is supposed to regulate.

Sources said Badiola is chairman of the board of Leading Edge, whose corporate records at the SEC was approved for updating last December 2, 2011.

Badiola replaced Elmer Peña, a non-college graduate who somehow managed to enter the CAAP, at the helms of the FSIS.

Peña, who is facing a string of cases at the Ombudsman together with former director general, Ramon S. Gutierrez, was also accused of being in a “conflict-of-interest” situation during his time for also being president of the Airline Pilots Association of the Philippines (ALPAP).

CAAP sources added that it was “impossible” that their current director general, Hotchkiss, was not aware that his choice to head the FSIS, Badiola, is a ranking official of Leading Edge.


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