Nagpagamit! DOJ indicts Saavedra, Megawide execs for breaching Anti-Dummy Law in Mactan airport
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Nagpagamit! DOJ indicts Saavedra, Megawide execs for breaching Anti-Dummy Law in Mactan airport

By Nancy Carvajal

A Department of Justice (DOJ) panel of prosecutors has found probable cause to indict Megawide Construction chairman Edgar Saavedra for alleged violation of the Anti-Dummy Law in connection with the Mactan Cebu International Airport’s (MCIA) operation.

In a briefer released recently to the media, the panel also found probable cause to indict: Manuel Louie B. Ferrer, Oliver Y. Tan, Jez Dela Cruz, Srinivas Bommidala, P. Sripathy, Vivek Singhal, Andrew Acquaah-Harrison, Ravi Bhatnagar, Ravishankar Saravu, Michael Lenane, Sudarshan MD, Sudarshan Madhav Doddathota, Kumar Gaurav, Magesh Nambiar, Magesh Perayil Kanneth, Rajesh Madan and Steve Y. Dicdican.

The charges against Saavedra and the other respondents will be filed by the DOJ panel soon.

With the exception of Dicdican, the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority, Saavedra and the other respondents were found to have violated the Anti-Dummy Law for allowing and permitting foreign nationals to intervene in the management, operation, administration or control of GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation, which was given a franchise to operate and maintain MCIA.

Dicdican, meanwhile, was found to have been “knowingly assisting, aiding and abetting the commission of a violation of the Anti-Dummy Law.”

Dicdican was suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman in December last year over the alleged anomalies in connection with Megawide’s operation of MCIA.

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