Don’t be fooled by Gokongwei’s generosity: Alvarez says Cebu Pacific never lent its planes to gov’t until it was being kicked out of NAIA 3
Speaker Bebot Alvarez warned the public not to be taken for a ride by bilyonaryo John Gokongwei’s generosity when he heeded President Rodrigo Duterte’s plea for his airline, Cebu Pacific, to lend its planes for free to bring back overseas Filipino workers from Kuwait.
In a DZBB interview, Alvarez claimed that Gokongwei was never known to have lent its plans to government for free until this month when he pushed to kick out Cebu Pacific out of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA 3) for congesting the supposedly international airport with its domestic flights.
“Alam niyo, gumagaya sila doon sa Philippine Airlines. Oo, na ginagawa na iyan ng Philippine Airlines, hindi naman ginagawa ng Cebu Pacific iyan. Mayroon ba kayong naalala na ginagawa nila noon iyan?” said Alvarez.
“Ngayong nagkakaproblema sila, yun, gumaya sila doon sa Philippine Airlines para lumambot… baka sabihin ni Presidente na ‘uy, tigilan mo iyang Cebu Pacific kasi ano…’ hindi po. Dito po, hindi naman tayo nakikipag-away sa Cebu Pacific. Dito po, ang ginagawa po natin, pinaglalaban lang po natin yung karapatan ng mga pasahero, yung kapakanan ng mga pasahero. Laban lang po ito noong mga maliliit po na boses na hindi po naririnig… yun lang po ang ginagawa ko,” he added.
Alvarez said that passengers were suffering from the acute congestion in NAIA 3 which has to serve twice its 10 million capacity because Cebu Pacific insisted on bringing its 10 milllion domestc passengers to the terminal. Alvarez has given Cebu Pacific 45 days to transfer its domestic operations from NAIA 3 to Clark Airport.
“Ngayon, bakit natin sinasakripisyo, na pinipilit natin na doon sila lumipad… dito sa NAIA, na puwede naman… nandiyan naman yung Clark. Puwede naman, ang gaganda naman ng mga kalsada ngayon, in fact kung nasa Quezon City ka nga, mas mabilis na manggaling ka ng Clark papuntang Quezon City,” said Alvarez.