Jun 052013

The Philippine Navy plans to give honors to ‘Captain Bok,’ described by a fellow passenger as the one who “calmed and led passengers to their safety” after a Cebu Pacific plane skidded off its runway Sunday night at the Davao International Airport. 

On Wednesday, the Navy’s Civil Military Operations Group commander, Col. Edgard Arevalo, identified ‘Captain Bok’ as Lt. Marlon Bo, who is a Navy reservist and a graduate of Philippine Merchant Marine Academy in 2003. 

“We have plans of bestowing him an award,” said Col. Arevalo in a phone interview.

As of posting time, GMA News Online has yet to reach Bo for his side on the matter.

Incidentally, Bo was mentioned in a personal account of one of the passengers, describing him as a “guiding voice” at the time of the incident. 

“It took the courage of one person, whom we only know as Captain Bok from the Philippine Navy, to stand up and calm everyone down. He knew what he was doing and he was in control even when the cabin crew looked like they were really at a loss about what to do,” Nino Ruel Alinsub said on his Facebook status Monday.

Arevalo said Vice Admiral Jose Luis Alan, the flag officer in command, has agreed to honor Bo. 

“To Lt. Marlon Bo, Uwah! Hooyah! Mabuhay Ka! Ipinagmamalaki Ka namin!,” Arevalo said.

The airplane has been towed from the runway Tuesday evening. 

Disappointed passengers of Flight 5J-971 aims to file a class suit against Cebu Pacific. Cebu Pacific CEO Lance Gokongwei had already apologized for the incident. Marc Jayson Cayabyab/RSJ, GMA News

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