President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the officials of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as he conducts a surprise inspection at the NAIA Terminal 2 in Pasay City on June 10, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday morning made a surprise inspection at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport-Terminal 2 after hearing reports about flight delays and cancellations.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the officials of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as he conducts a surprise inspection at the NAIA Terminal 2 in Pasay City on June 10, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Duterte talked to airline and NAIA officials regarding the cancellations and delays to know whether there are flight diversions and if affected passengers are given incentives to ease their inconvenience.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the officials of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as he conducts a surprise inspection at the NAIA Terminal 2 in Pasay City on June 10, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

A Philippine Airlines manager and a NAIA-Terminal 2 airport duty manager briefed the President on the flight woes and explained actions being undertaken to normalize the situation.

The Chief Executive discussed how flight aberrations could be minimized and what actions could be employed by the government, particularly the Department of Transportation, to solve the problem in the long term.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to some of the passengers waiting for their flight at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 in Pasay City while conducting a surprise inspection on June 10, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

He then talked to the passengers apologizing to them on the inconvenience caused by the disruptions. The President vowed to come up with a remedy within a month.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the officials of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as he conducts a surprise inspection at the NAIA Terminal 2 in Pasay City on June 10, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

After the surprise inspection, the President took a break at one of the food kiosks at the airport. Among those present were Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Director General Capt. Jim Sydiongco, Rep. Martin Romualdez, and Davao businessman Sammy Uy.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte drops by a food kiosk at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 in Pasay City while conducting a surprise inspection on June 10, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
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