Duterte tells Lucio Tan how they can be ‘sweeties’ again after threatening to sell PAL’s planes to junkyard
President Rodrigo Duterte is a practical man.
Just four months after forcing bilyonaryo Lucio Tan to capitulate and pay the government over P6 billion in navigational fees and other dues, Duterte has given Tan a way to come back to his good graces.
Duterte has asked Tan’s Philippine Airlines, and rival Cebu Pacific owned by his first choice Finance Secretary, bilyonaryo Lance Gokongwei, provide planes to the thousands of overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait who want to return home and escape the abuses of their savage employers.
“Now kung gusto ni Lucio Tan na sweety-sweety kami eh ‘di magpadala siya ng limang eroplano doon. Pakatapos libre doon pa ako magkain sa kanya bukas ng gabi,” said Duterte in a speech Friday night.
Duterte had given Labor Secretay Silvestre Bello 72 hours to go to Kuwait and pick up the hapless OFWS abused by Kuwaitis.
Duterte bragged about being the only president in nearly three decades to force Tan to pay up for PAL’s unpaid dues.
“Ilang Presidente dumaan dito? Kolekta? Sinabi ko sa kanya (Tan), ‘Ten days. ‘Pag hindi, kunin ko ‘yang mga eroplano mo, ipagbenta ko diyan sa bakalan’,” said Duterte.
Last October, Tan forked out P6 billion to settle the P7.3 billion being demanded by the government after Duterte threatened to shut down Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 which PAL used exclusively since 1999.