Duterte fed up with PAL, CebuPac incompetence: If you can’t do your job, you shouldn’t be there at all!
President Rodrigo Duterte is fed up with the seemingly endless incompetence of the Philippine Airlines of Lucio Tan and Cebu Pacific of John Gokongwei to provide good service to millions of Filipino air passengers.
Duterte issued a veiled warning against the bumbling PAL and CebuPac owners and managers that they have no business having an airline franchise if they could not fulfill their basic obligations of providing on-time and comfortable air travel.
“Kawawa talaga ang riding public,” said Duterte in a speech in Sangley Point in Cavite.
“Merong isang eroplanong nag-landing and they stayed for five hours inside the plane — incoming. So merong tumawag late ng two hours, mag-book sila ng hotel,” he added.
Duterte could not contain his frustration and he had to lecture PAL and CebuPac.
“I told PAL and the rest of the carriers — the very essence of a common carrier, whether it is a jeep, a bus, an airplane, a ship — ang common ano diyan is for public interest and public governance, and convenience,” he said.
“If you cannot provide convenience and comfort, you ought not to be there at all,” he added.
Duterte said he had long eyed Sangley point as an alternative to take the spillover traffic from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Duterte has ordered the upgrading of Sangley as a full-service domestic airport starting November 2019.
“I used to fly when I was young. So kilala ko ‘yang mga piloto sa Civil Aviation, almost all of them. Noong una pa tinitingnan ko talaga ‘yung clogging. I mentioned it in passing itong Sangley. But it was lost in the maze of governmental…Sabi ko, ‘Why don’t you look at the direction of Sangley? Maski na lang sa mga cargo, to ease up a bit ‘yung (congestion),” he said.