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Casiño: “Who is PAL trying to fool?”

By Romy Elusfa
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Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño has expressed incredulity of the statement of Philippine Airlines (PAL) that it is being harassed by its dismissed workers under the Philippine Airlines Employee’s Association (PALEA).

“It is unbelievable that a monolithic corporation like PAL with billions of assets and a lot of clout is being harassed by the employees that they themselves retrenched. More likely than not it is the other way around and they are just using the opportunity to snuff the life out of their ex-employees,” he said.

“PAL is projecting itself as being the victim here and they even have the gall to call for help from business groups. While PAL is only protecting their profits their retrenched employees are fighting for their lives and livelihood,” the progressive lawmaker added.

“Let us not forget that the ones who lost their jobs were the thousands of employees and the ones at the brunt of harassment and attacks are also them,” the solon pointed out.

Dismissed workers protesting outside Philippine Airlines’ In-Flight Center (IFC) on Sunday accused the airline management of parking containers of rotting food close to their protest camp.

The other day, unionists charged PAL management with hiring goons who attacked their camp before dawn on Saturday, injuring eight of their members. A bystander reportedly died of a heart attack when the goons and the unionists clashed along MIA Road in Pasay City. PAL also reportedly refused to fly Palea members who had been issued airline tickets as part of their employee benefits before they were retrenched.

“To get to the bottom of this I’m filing a resolution to investigate these harassment incidents as well as the PAL management’s complaint that the workers are blocking their vehicles,” ended Casiño.

About anol_cebu

As chief digital officer of PRworks Inc., Emmanuel Mongaya manages the digital communications of the public relations agency. He also blogs, writes columns for Sun.Star Cebu and Superbalita, and serves as administrator for “Maghisgot Kitag Politika Bay,” Cebu’s dynamic political community in Facebook.


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