Why the Pilots left?

A captain's Confession

August 4, 2010

Yesterday, a gag order was circulated by the airline preventing its remaining narrow body pilots, as well as the rest of its employees to speak to the press about what is happening inside our ex-company. Also last night, a meeting was called by the government for us and the management to talk. We intentionally did not attend the meeting because there is nothing to talked about. We have no intention of going back either. We already severed our working relationship with them. Its better for us to see each other in court and just pay whatever damages there is to a breached contract than deal with them again.

On this ground, we also have no intention of showing our faces today at the meeting re-scheduled at 10 a.m. If worse comes to worst, we have or lawyers to defend our rights.

What made us leave is perhaps the best question to ask.

But contrary to management's propaganda of greener pasture abroad, is only half truth of what is really happening inside, a condition which prompted us to decide our fate for a better future. Its not all about the money. Its about respect.

PAL claimed that they are operating at a loss for three years in a row. Honestly, its not our problem if they mismanaged the company with indiscriminate fuel hedging. But it became our problem when some of our peers were declared redundant by the airline for the sheer incompetence of its managers.

And maybe because of a company named Air Philippines.

Last year, the service contracts of four senior Captains, namely De Dios, De la Cruz, Guttierez and Roma were terminated from service months before they were set to retire. The reason given by management was redundancy. Two of those pilots were due to end their contracts, one in about 3 months, and the other in about 6 months time. We found out later on that they were pre-terminated so that the airline could not pay its full retirement benefits.

If management can wrestle its way by short-changing our old guards, then there is no reason for us not to be wary about our own future with the airline. They already have done it with the turboprop pilots which left them without much choice. But maybe not us.

As early as October last year, the time when the axe first fell on the old guards, some of us were already scrambling to get out and find other employers before our time comes. By November some of us were able to contact other airlines and few got interviews as early as December.

True to our fears, a bombshell was dropped in January when information leaked that PAL is consolidating the operations of Pal Express and Air Philippines to compete with Cebu Pacific and that some of us might be transferred to the low cost arm of the airline because they were planning to retain only nine narrow bodies, most likely the ones ordered last year, while giving all the A319/320's to Airphil Express.

We thought there was no problem with that as long as they respect our contract. But behold, they didn't. By February, the next axe dropped when 11 senior Captains and 7 of the most junior First Officers were given redundancy notice. Some of them were even rated to fly the A330.

What is so unusual about the notice is that pilots were flying the average flying time of around 90 hours or more than what is required of them, meaning they are already over-worked. Yet management still declared redundancy when what they should have done is to hire more to cover the extra time.

It turned out that the purpose of redundancy was for them to move somewhere else, somewhere close. In a twist of fate, those declared redundant were offered work assignments at Airphil under a grossly disadvantageous terms to the old one they were currently enjoying at PAL, almost half to be exact, and if they choose to leave, they won't have the chance to work at PAL anymore.

All 18 of them doesn't have much choice, surprised perhaps, and with families to feed and mortgage to pay, they agreed to transfer to Airphil Express which was launched in March 27. And with the third A320 flying in July, its only a matter of time before the next redundancy will come.

Two more A320's from PAL are expected to join the Airphil fleet by October that we are expecting the next round of transfer by September. Therefore, it becomes paramount for us to find greener pasture outside the fence.

Four more aircraft will join the Airphil fleet next year, five aircraft in 2012 and another five in 2013 that by that time there will be no more A320 left in the PAL fleet.

All the remaining A320 pilots started exploring other options available to them before they got hit, both regular and contractual. I was fortunate to be called early. If PAL did not respect the contract of other pilots, then I am not expecting them to respect mine. So why should I respect theirs?

If we can't have security of tenure, then at least it would be a lot better to work elsewhere with the same unsecured job but with maybe a better compensation and benefits. Same risks but better returns.

If they don't respect us, then certainly they don't deserved ours!


Video courtesy of GMANews.TV

65 comments:

  1. My Father is the same( Capt Pascual Servida) B747 pilot retired..has the same issue w/ PAL..not getting his retirement pay..until now..they havent paid his retirement...still in court buried. Goodluck

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  2. just imagine you trained your personnel and suddenly they left?!? what happen to their code of conduct and contract with their employer?!? don't you think employer too have their own prerogative to protect their businesses?!? if employees broke their vows(contract), don't you think employer should have a mechanism to protect themselves

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  3. Just because you spent for the training of your personnel doesn't mean that you can treat them like dirt. They are human beings too that deserve respect.

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  4. hahaha! try training a house help of your own and violate her rights, let's see if she will stay for long w/ you.
    you're an outsider, you don't know a thing what's going on inside.

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  5. thank you for this and shedding light on the issue.
    we would like to interview you in our news. you can remain anonymous if you want. we want the sentiments of the pilots heard in our news program. please email us your contact number at rpn9_news@yahoo.com or you may call our landline number at the office, 4351001.
    thank you.

    Paolo Capino, Desk Officer, RPN

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  6. Very un professional conduct still those guys are simply selfish they are simply economic sabotour.

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  7. @ paolo capino- can u make a copy of this statement and put in ur news..so that the public may know....ang sama kc ng dating ng mga piloto..parang mga ungrateful at greedy...kawawa nman cla...mabuhay ang mga inaaping manggagawa!!!

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  8. If PAL cannot be professional to its pilots, then why would they exercise professionalism to them? Tanong lang po.

    If they resign en masse, then there must really be a big problem from the inside.

    And why would it be an economic sabotage when there are other airlines flying, controlling almost 70% of the domestic market? Tanong lang din po.

    Di ba kataka-taka?

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  9. I'm wondering, if pilots work based on contracts, are they also entitled to retirement benefits?

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  10. PAL just announced that they are equalizing the salary pay for Air Philippines.

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  11. Jaime Bautista said in a radio interview that PAL pilots who are deployed at 2P will now received the same benefit they enjoyed at PAL.

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  12. Pwede pala eh! So why did they not do it from the start? They treat their employees like dirt, testing the grounds, hoping to get away with it. when they're caught in their own shit, they retract and teasingly say "Joke lang, Baka lang makalusot!" You already stole more than 400M in pilot's retirement benefits from the 1998 strikers, now you want to do it all over again!
    You have destroyed the careers and lives of hundreds of pilots who were only fighting for security of tenure in 1998, you're at it again.

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  13. When ALPAP went on strike in June 1998, it was over the same issue of job security. With the introduction of the A340, the A330 and the A320O and in the guise of redunduncy, management wanted to proon the pilots force by retiring the pilots that were flying the aircrafts that they were replacing. There was no help to turn to as the govt turned a blind eye on our plight. ALPAP was placed in a corner and there was no other recourse but to go on strike. Management celebrated when this happened because their master plan called for the busting of our union. Without ALPAP they can do what they want. What is unfolding today in PAL is the but an offshoot. A word of caution to the young 'uns. Lucio Tan holds sway over the judicial system. ALPAP members were all terminated down to a man. It didnt matter if you were sick, on leave or in training. After only 4 days of the strike, everybody was given their termination papers except for a few parasitic scabs. Under LT's looming shadow of influence, the supreme court upheld this grossly unfair decision!!

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  14. For those who are hating these pilots, it's really sad that you don't know the real score. PAL has your sympathy because they're the ones telling you that these pilots are just in it for the money. I am a wife of a pilot and I know the sacrifices (being over-worked) he makes just to make sure you get to your destination safely. Everyday they risk their life on the line just so you can have your vacations and such. What the ex-PAL pilots are saying is true, that it is due to redundancy that they are being axed and we have that proof. It's written in black and white and coming from the aviation industry myself, I can see how PAL became selfish just for the sake of earning more. Pilots work 90 hours (think about how they jeopardize the passengers safety with stressed pilots on the cockpit?!) then showing in TV that they were the victims here! And now they want to sue the pilots for breach of contract where the fact is that these trainings are free! It has been said that whenever you buy an aircraft, the company is given free training for their pilots, see how manipulative this company is. I hope and pray that President Aquino be fair with this issue. Every professional (not only pilots) have the right to choose his own path. We might not agree with his decision all the time but economic sabotage will be the last thing on his mind if he can see that his family is already starving.

    If you were in their position, wouldn't you do the same?

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  15. For those in investigative journalism...Study and research what happened in the ALPAP strike in 1998. Talk to the pilots themselves. See how PAL treated them and their benefits.
    Look at the spin-offs to LTs companies, now look how he is spinning off the A320s and their pilots to Airphil.
    ALPAP was busted so the pilots will have no voice. Its only fair you ask them personnaly so they can air their side.

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  16. di tao turing ng PAL owner sa piloto,flight attendant at ground staff kundi machines.

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  17. PAL employees are excellent taxpayers not tax evaders like someone we know...

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  18. please read http://therealscore-anonymous.blogspot.com/2010/08/real-score-pal-vs-pilots.html

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  19. A decade of oppression and deprivation is enough!!!

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  20. There is a labor case pending in the supreme court... It remains unresolved for almost 12 years now.... If PAL losses this case, then the 31 pilots involved can come back and work for PAL.. ..But of course, it has to pay for all the damages...Is PAL willing to pay to have more pilots in it's line-up?.....

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  21. I, too have worked with Philippine Airlines for 20 some years and have been a victim of illegal termination along with many others during the last pilot strike. I believe that these pilots left not because of "greener pastures" but because the lot they were in is deep in muck that they simply could not stay when they had the opportunity to leave. So before passing judgment on these professionals, at least reserve it until you get the full picture.

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  22. Si KAPITAN ay famous for evading taxes. we all know that particularly with cigarettes. dapat si kapitan ang tangalin dyan sa PAL. siya ata ang redundant. could it be that PAL is losing just to avoid paying taxes?

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  23. it's an old story, PAL spends millions in training a pilot, only for the pilot to leave for a foreign airline, and here it is again but under the guise of maltreatment?! so when a pilot signs that dotted line...he's bound to break it, history has shown that. And they tend to forget those perks and benefits like free travel to family members (upgraded pa!) accorded them by PAL. And someone mentioned stress...here's two words for you...AUTO-Pilot!!

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  24. giving the same pay in airPhil as in PAL still wont do as there wont be any career progression in the former.in PAL, there are 4 pay groups corresponding to the pilot position.an A320 captain is group 2 and a first officer is group 3.group 4 for is for A340 and boeing 747 second officers.there's a large margin between pay groups which makes pilots want the promotion.ending up in group 1 means being a B747 or an A340/330 captain. there's no group 1 to get to in AirPhil.only way to group 1 from Airphil is to renounce any kind of retirement plan(if any)by resigning then try to apply at PAL but if they are too old then its so much better to fly abroad where the pay for working 5 years would be equivalent to 15 years in PAL at group 1 level.

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  25. Lucio Tan owns PAL and let me remind you guys according to Forbes Magazine Lucio Tan is the 2nd Richest man in the Philippines. In Tagalog we call people like him "Ganid", "Mapang lamang"

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  26. How come PAL is losing money when the plane is always full? It must be mismanaged by the incompetent people placed in high positions with high salaries, while the people in the line get measly pay checks.

    if all the employees are disgruntled by the shabby treatment of management from the pilots, flight attendants to the ground personnel there must be something wrong with the way this company is being run.

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  27. Normally, I admire the beauty of a capitalistic system, and how greed fuels it. I like the expediency of having no democracy in a capitalist enterprise. Capitalism thrives best under authoritarian leadership but it must be tempered with prudence, fairness and respect for not just the owners but stakeholders as well.

    I have little sympathy for employees who gripe, complain and hold hostage the enterprise in exchange for self serving concessions... but when the owner becomes bastos and treats employees like commodities then I also admire the principle of take life when they fight back.

    Takes balls to do that.

    The A320 flight crews, marunong sila mag take life and they have their cojones cast in gold, marunong tumaya and are willing to pay the price.

    I have no tears nor patience for stupidity on the part of owners and management who not only fail to lead but even hide their incompetence with half truths (listen to Jimmy Bautista talk) bungling what could have been a good thing for shareholders and stakeholders alike. Like any tyrant, may kamatayan din sila.

    A pact with the devil is no pact at all.

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  28. the pilots are treated poorly, the cabin crew are overworked, underpaid and not being given their ENTITLED vacation leaves, the ground crew are slowly being dissolved...PAL IS SLOWLY ROTTING due to its selfish owner.

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  29. I've been working for PAL before as a flight attendant. Then transferred to another foreign airline because my seniors who were flying the airline for more than 20 years warned me that if I would stay with PAL, nothing will happen to my career in flying.

    During my PAL days I would see my payslip with lots of deductions, SSS, PAG-IBIG, etc. Majority of which was the TAX that we have to pay every payday depending on how much you flew during the previous month. It has been a question for most of the flight attendants that why would you put TAX that was supposed to be given as an "allowance"(flying time compensation) wherein we've paid our share of tax from our basic salaries already?

    These is how the management treat PAL flight attendants (I'm not sure with Pilots and Ground Staff payslips) for working 90-100hrs a month.

    Which only means the more you fly the more TAX percentage you will pay.

    With regards to Hotel Accommodations Out station. Did you guys know that PAL flight attendants have to share rooms because the company is cost cutting?

    Just ask the company how many ExecVP's, VP's do they have? Add them up and they can fill up the House of Congress I guess. Maybe they have VP's for inflight food storage. Or maybe an EVP for aircraft cleaning. So, where do you think the company's income is going to?

    Training costs are deducted from our salary every month. It's not free!

    I feel bad for my ex-colleagues...

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  30. It all started during the first pilots' walk-out in 1970. I blame it on those who didn't have the guts to stand up against management and returned to work during the dispute. Since then the pilots have been treated like shit! It's been downhill ever since...

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  31. The decision of the labor dept in the 1998 pilots' strike was not termination of employment. THe termination in itself was grossly unfair but adding insult to injury is that since the termination entails payment of benefits, the LT stooges that was the DOLE had to come up with something spectacularly unique. For the first time in the history of a labor dispute, the DOLE rendered a decision of "loss of employment status". This allowed managent to interpret this decision as pilots voluntarily giving away their jobs!!! all 600 pilots decided to starve their families and pull their children from private schools!! how inane!! This decisionmeant that pilots lost their jobs as well as all their earned benfits. Not a centavo to be paid to pilots whose carrer had ran up to 30 or so years at PAL!!The most incredible thing is that this decision was upheld by the SUPREME COURT!!! What is the future of our country if it is owned by an unscrupulous super tycoon?

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  32. if indeed, then these pilots should be willing to pay whatever it is in line with their breached contract. then they will have the "PROFESSIONALISM"

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  33. to the one who mentioned about mal-treatment with house maid. think about domestic help going abroad, it is money men. money matters dsame as that of these pilots. definitely, philippines can pay as high as that from abroad. how much do these pilots are getting...........PhP500k(half million)/month. where in the Philippines you can get a salary more than 100k/month?!?

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  34. imagine the airspace without good airmen... have the government image how good to have good workers? it would be better to REMOVE and FORCED TO RETIRE such employee who is not FIT to WORK. I think we can SAVE a lot of Money.

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  35. "it's an old story, PAL spends millions in training a pilot, only for the pilot to leave for a foreign airline, and here it is again but under the guise of maltreatment?!... And they tend to forget those perks and benefits like free travel to family members (upgraded pa!) accorded them by PAL." BUMP OFF PA, KAMO.
    Kawawa naman ang management pilot na nagcomment nito, iisa lang siya na pro PAL while everyone else sees the truth. Breach of contract? Magdemandahan na lang, paabutin sa Supreme KuraCourt, para maglagay ulit si LT at malipat ang ill gotten wealth from one corrupt pocket to another. Magkikitakits sila sa impyerno! Buti na lang hindi kumagat si PNoy sa pakana nilang govt takeover of an already bled dry business.

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  36. Idiots who think it's about money don't know jack about the aviation industry.

    The question that should be asked is, if it's just about money, why aren't Cebu Pacific (who are paid lower than PAL pilots by the way) and Zest pilots jumping ship? Why aren't the other guys in other equipment divisions within PAL desserting?

    To the idiots who think it's about money, I'll answer the question for you--BECAUSE IT'S ABOUT JOB SECURITY AND THE WAY THEY WERE TREATED.

    The A330/A340 B777/747 pilots obviously feel their jobs are not at threat, so they're not leaving. Similarly, the Cebu Pac pilots feel their company is by and large taking care of them, management is responsive to their needs, so they're staying put.

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  37. I APOLOGIZE TO THE INCONVENIENCED PASSENGERS, TO OUR GOVERNMENT WHO IS SUFFERING FROM THE SITUATION IN PHILIPPINE AIRLINES. BUT OPEN YOUR EYES AND SEE THAT IT IS NOT ONLY THE PILOTS WHO ARE BEING PUSHED TO THE WALL. THE GROUND PERSONNEL ARE BEING DISSOLVED AND MADE CONTRACTUAL.

    HOW MANY TIMES HAS LUCIO TAN PAID THE COURTS? I AM A PAL CABIN ATTENDANT WHO WAS ILLEGALLY RETRENCHED IN 1998. THE SC HAS DECIDED IN OUR FAVOR THAT WE SHOULD BE REINSTATED AND PAID BACKWAGES. UNTIL NOW, NOTHING HAS HAPPENED. THE DECISION IS OVER 2 YEARS OLD.

    LUCIO MAY BE PAYING PEOPLE LEFT AND RIGHT BUT I AM HAPPY THAT THE PILOTS ARE GIVING HIM A HEADACHE...EVEN FOR JUST A FEW DAYS...MASKI MINUTO LANG, BAWAS NA RIN YAN SA BUHAY MO!!!!

    AND FOR THOSE WHO AREN'T FROM PAL, YOU WILL NEVER KNOW HOW IT FEELS TO BE TREATED LIKE TRASH BY SOMEONE WHO WAS NEVER REALLY EDUCATED.

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  38. PAL is run by a "chinaman". Much like China is run by it's communist party. And Lucio Tan's favorite mantra is "binigyan na kayo ng trabaho, gusto niyo pa sweldo"

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  39. I am happy that Lucio Tan's daughter, Vivian Tan never made it to Congress. Imagine how MUCH MORE DAMAGE their family can create if in government.

    NEVER LET THEM IN POLITICS...tax evasion will be a way of life.

    Vivian, is it true that PAL employees didn't get their usual HAM for Christmas last year because you gave the HAM during your campaign? CHEESE to that!!!

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  40. DON'T BE SELFISH LUCIO-instead of making PAL rot, why don't you rot istead? You will make people very happy...Captain B, are you going to join him?

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  41. Good example of an employee firing an incompetent employer.

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  42. "it's an old story, PAL spends millions in training a pilot, only for the pilot to leave for a foreign airline, and here it is again but under the guise of maltreatment?! so when a pilot signs that dotted line...he's bound to break it, history has shown that. And they tend to forget those perks and benefits like free travel to family members (upgraded pa!) accorded them by PAL. And someone mentioned stress...here's two words for you...AUTO-Pilot!!" - to the obviously PRO-PAL who said this, i hope you do know that just because you have an auto pilot in the aircraft doesn't mean that pilots just sit back and relax. Can you ask the auto-pilot to compute needed fuel? can you request the auto-pilot "hey there's something wrong with the plane, can you fix it please? can you ask your auto-pilot "hey contact tower this and that." Pilots pa rin ang gumagawa nun. Judge them if you're in their shoes. it's not physical stress, its mental stress. Hello?! And free travel, ha yes! sure! last priority ka nga lang! if ur not lucky pa, bump off ka! are those the perks you were talking about?! Stop being a kiss-as$ for PAL and just accept the truth! PAL doesn't treat the pilots as professionals, they are just treated as robots who earn them plenty of money!

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  43. CAPT. BEDA BADIOLA (from hell)August 5, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    Go ask CAPTAIN BEDA BADIOLA (from hell) of whats really happening sa PAL. with its pilots and flight attendants as well. This Captain can burn in hell for his acts against his fellow employees. he used to fly as captain of A330, and now a MGT pilot. AKALA mo kung sino pag naglalakad sa office! MAA MARAMI PANG MAGAGALING AT MABABAIT na piloto syo BADIOLA! NAGING MANAGEMENT PILOT KA LANG KASI UTO-UTO ka at wala kang kaluluwa! nasa PAL pa namn ang iba mong kamaganak at alam mong naapektuhan sa mga kalokohan nyo sa mgt. malaki lang sweldo ni Badiola ngayon, pero buhay ka pa, sinusunog na kaluluwa mo sa impyerno!

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  44. wala ng vacation leave para sa Cabin Crew... binawasan pa ang number ng crew sa flight! paliparin nga yang si CIELO ng long haul na may tech stop para maramdaman nya ang hirap ng 16 hrs n flight!

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  45. don't be naive, boys and girls...this is all planned. now that he has spinoff the profitable departments of PAL as his own companies, the plan now is to create "labor crisis" in PAL so the govt will 'forced' take over what's left of the airline. with his billions he can afford to buy the loyalty of many filipinos. from malacanang, media, all the way up to the supreme court. he has done it before. he'll do it again. and all our ranting here is for nothing. he is a crook. i know it. you know it. everybody knows it. but our system allows him to get away with it.

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  46. We were all happy at PAL then, before the 1998 strike, that is. We took-off from MNL and after a few days-out in other countries, we were back to our families again. PAL pilots are also typical Filipinos, mind you, i.e., we cherish to be with our loved ones most of the time. We had a meager salary of about P45,000 for the Group 3 pilots, (not net of tax, of course) plus travel benefits and retirement benefits. NOBODY thought of going abroad to work, despite the fact that salaries in other foreign airlines were already much higher than what we were receiving, because since then, we were already contented.
    Then came the 1998 strike and we were forced to look for jobs abroad..
    We found out that other airlines don't only give higher salaries but also treat their pilots a lot better than PAL does!
    To PAL management, manigas kayo!!

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  47. To stem the pilots' exodus, PAL changed the terms of the contractof pilots. One of these terms is the requirement of 6 months notice cefore a pilot can leave. It used to be 1 month only. Why 6 months and not 7 or 5? Because the validity of a pilots license is 6only months. Foreign airlines require a live pilots license. PAL will simply not schedule a pilot to a simulator check ride which is mandatory to renew his license. While it is a pilt's responsibility to abide by the conditions of his contract, it is incumbent for PAL not to present a pilot a onerous contrat. 6 months notice is illegal. PAL cannot tie down a pilot to an illegal contract.

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  48. For those who does not know what's really happening in PAL, don't judge our PILOTS and CABIN CREW and GROUND PERSONNEL. Do not believe what the other TV station is reporting, have an open mind. It's not about the salary, IT'S ABOUT BEING TREATED RIGHT, BEING TREATED AS HUMAN BEINGS.

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  49. I laugh as I read the comment of somebody who said we should be thankful that PAL employees have travel benefits..It is inherent(you moron!) because you are in the airline business!If they can afford to give free tickets to politicians who never toiled to get it, why deny it to the employees?
    don't you give your housemaid free transportation when she goes on vacation?

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  50. If i were you Lucio just sell the company to someone who is more competent. I think its about time for change. PAL is our flag carrier and it deserves better management.

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  51. Hahahhaha. The kapitan is the one redundant himself, like the Airbus 320s he too, should be phased out, he is like the A320s, lumang plane na, PAL should now be owned by real Filipinos. The govt. should take over PAL para makawala ang company from the claws of these CHINESE people. Parang may sapi ang PAL eh. Sinapian ng ispiritu ng kuripot na intsik. Sana matanggal ang possesion ng PAL. Kailangan ng isang Pastor na magtatanggal ng possesion nito IN JESUS' NAME. To the Phil. Government,to Pres. Aquino, iredeem ninyo naman ang PAL from a non-Filipino. Doon kayo makialam.... Hindi naman magkakaproblema ang empleyado kung di nagkukuripot ang intsik na kasalukuyang may-ari. MAling-mali na maging dayuhan ang may-ari ng FLAG CARRIER NATIN.......For everybody to know, last Christmas, his daughter Vivien Tan, robbed his employees of their Christmas Ham and cheese balls, and gave it to the constituents of a district in Quezon City where she wanted to win as Congresswoman, how dare her get the poor employees' annual HAm and Cheese entitlement, buti na lang Crisologo was the one who won. Hindi pa man din nakaupo, magnanakaw na, ng karapatan ng iba. At the expense of PAL's employees. Mr. President yan ang dapat ninyong ayusin.

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  52. Imagine, PAL is being made a milking cow by its very owner. His ASIA BREWERY business is earning from its flights. Puno or hindi ang plane, considered sold ang mga absolute water, coors beer, virgin softdrinks, sugar, creamer etc.etc. niya. Kawawang PAL ginawang gatasan....

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  53. TAMA! Buhay pa si Beda Badiola, sinusunog na ang kaluluwa niya sa impyerno, sa dami ng pinaiyak niya at pinasama ang loob.

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  54. Wag kayo magpapaniwala kay Cielo Villaluna kasi walang alam iyan. Kailan lang naman iyan naemploy ng PAL at grabe mangmaliit yan ng Cabin Crew. Training pa lang nila pinagtatawanan niya sila at minamaliit. Akala mo kung sino.

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  55. LUCIO AND ALL MANAGEMENT OF PAL YOU CAN ALL GO TO HELL!!!KAYO MGA MANAGEMENT ANG LALAKI NG SAHOD NYO..;.ANG KAKAPAL NG MUKHA NYO KUNG PANO KAYO MAG TRATO NG MGA EMPLOYESS..SAHOD NG PILOTO,FLIGHT ATTENDANTS SUPER BABA..PERO KAYO TOP MANAGEMENT AND LAKI DI BA?KAPAL NYO!!!!

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  56. To Mr. Paolo Capino of RPN -9, if you really want a juicy report on this incident, may I suggest that you make a comprehensive research on how demonic an owner, Lucio Tan is. From himself to his management to his relatives to his children... Gawaan ninyo po ng report up to the time how he makes a milking, bleeding cow out of the Filipino's very own Philippine Airlines, which is wrongly owned by a non-Filipino.

    A national airline like this shouldn't be owned by someone who doesn't like quality work for the people by means of spinning off all the divisions of the entire company. Training new people everyday is not the answer. You cannot expect quality service from people who are always new and contractual to this kind of service. Otherwise, mabababoy ang serbisyo ng airline. Walang quality, kung di datihan yan, hindi mamahalin ang trabaho. Ano pakialam niyan kung makatapon ng kapeng kumukulo sa pasahero. Wala, kasi katwiran niyan, bukas makalawa naman eh tapos na kontrata niya. End result, hindi na uulit ang pasahero sumakay sa airline. Pag may tibay ang trabaho ng isang empleyado sa kanyang kumpanya maeexpect mo ang pagmamalasakit at simpatiya pati sa customer. Gusto ninyo maging world class at number 1 ang PAL, puwes mahalin ninyo ang dati niyo nang empleyado, HUWAG ninyo pababain ang morale at tratuhing parang masahol pa sa hayop. Wala man lang kumpensasyon ni dagdag sa sahod,panahon pa ni mahoma yung rates ng pay or perdiem computation ninyo. MAs mataas pa ng ang singil ninyo sa pamasahe ng US-MNL kumpara sa ibang airline kayo pa may ganang magbigay ng mababang pabaon or perdiem sa mga tao ninyo na halos sa dollar shop na nga lang namimili ng pangkain makapaguwi man lang ng disenteng pera panggastos sa buhay at pamilya niya. MAgsabi kayong di ninyo kaya kung sobrang baba ang singil ninyo sa pasahero ninyo, aba eh ang taas ng US-MNL fares ninyo ah. PAgaralan ninyo nga?????? Pati asian destinations ninyo pamatay sa taas ang pamasahe kumpara sa iba.....

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  57. A report by Paolo Montecillo of PDI said that more A320 pilots are reportedly planning to quit despite guarantees made by PAL President Jaime Bautista last week.

    In his report, a senior member of the airline’s Airbus A320 division, who asked not to be named since he still works for the company, said PAL pilots had lost faith in PAL management.

    “Last week, Bautista met with all of us and he promised that none of us would be moved to Air Philippines anymore,” the pilot said.

    “We don’t believe them anymore. That’s what they told us a month ago before transferring our colleagues to Air Philippines,” he said.

    "Just last week, 11 A320 pilots went on sick leave at the same time to fly to Hong Kong and take flight-simulator tests for a new airline there" adds the pilot.

    "Several more have already passed the same tests for other airlines and are just waiting for the right time to submit their resignations"

    Most PAL pilots already fly the maximum 100 hours a month set by the law, he said. This means that by October, about 70 percent of PAL’s pilots would have already flown their maximum 1,000 hours a year—a limit also set by law.

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  58. first of all to all you anonymous postings,why? To all those pilots who just left, i say to you, shame on you! after turning your back on us in 1998, you now make your moves after 12 years in the guise of being maltreated by PAL, but in reality it is plain old greed and jealousy for those who moved on to a better career and pay because they had the guts and self-respect to stand up and fight for principles. To those still in PAL, you picked the devil,learn to live in hell!

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  59. mario whoever, be advised we were not flying for pal during your primitive times - the 90's. now as somebody is saying, we just showed you how to fight using the brain, yours was a failed battle, entirely the opposite of what has transpired these modern times.

    TG

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  60. and there may be yet another pilot exodus next week.

    and after that, another exodus?

    working abroad for a foreign airline for better pay is not new, its been this way long before this thing started.

    so it begs the question: kung matagal nang ganito ang situation, na mas mataas ang sweldo sa labas, bakit ngayon lang nag aalisan ang mga ito?

    Its not just about the money. sleeping in your own bed almost every night, living in your own country is worth half the pay.

    even if you sleep on dollar bills, its not a compensation when you wake up every day in a strange land surrounded by camels and sand dunes, thousands of miles away from family.

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  61. I'm out of PAL since 1998 so I will just be a by-stander. No regrets leaving PAL. I stood by my principle that my children are proud of. Financially, I am also better off. I really wish I could have left PAL earlier. When I retire from flying, I will not take PAL flights. As one foreign passenger of mine said; " PAL planes cabin seats, fittings are smelly and dilapidated."

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  62. Philippine Airspace that some pilots cannot fly after 1,000 hours. Wrong, PAL always get a waiver for its pilots to fly 1,200 hours a year.

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  63. What PAL needs to do is file a court case against the pilots leaving and ask the court to have their passports revoked so they cannot fly in other airlines.

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  64. well Philippine Retirement is now a great opportunity because of the growing economy..

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  65. kanya kanya lang paniniwala yan. look around people. 320 pilots - kung sino highest bidder doon sila punta. wala naman loyalty loyalty dyan na pinaguusapan. treatment - bs yan. its just a merry go around! pal pilots leaving for cebu pac; cebupac for sea air; cebupac for air phil; kung sino mas mataas bigay! maltreatment? hehehe

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