MANILA, Philippines – Cebu Pacific Air issued an official statement on a recent social media post made by one of their pilots against Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday, May 17.
Capt. Sam Avila, the airline’s Vice President of Flight Operations, confirmed that the accusations made by their pilot were baseless and were “purely speculative and careless.”
|Cebu Pacific Air issued a statement on the accusation made by a pilot against Vice President Leni Robredo Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Cebu Pacific Air|
Earlier, a pilot posted on Facebook that Robredo caused flight diversion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in April. An excerpt of the now-deleted post stated, “On Leni’s ironing graduation toga at New York, showbiz! How about yung nagdivert kami last month kasi pinahold niya lahat ng flights para lang to prioritize to land her in Manila? And that is coming from a campaign in the South.”
Avila stated that after an investigation, the pilot himself admitted that he had no basis. He stated, “Since becoming aware of the social media post by one of our pilots in reference to a flight of Vice President Leni Robredo, I confirm that the pilot has made it clear to us that he had no basis for his claim and was purely speculative and careless on his part.”
The Cebu Pacific official said the statement was made by the pilot’s own will but he will take responsibility and apologize to the Vice President.
Avida added, “While the pilot posted his commentary on his own accord, a post he has since removed, on behalf of Cebu Pacific, and as Head of our Pilot Group, I take command responsibility and apologize unreservedly to the Vice President and the general public for the actions of our pilot.”
He went on to explain that while their employees are free to express themselves, they must abide by strict company policies on social media use. He reiterated that the post should not have been made in the first place.
“As professional aviators and free citizens of this country, we are free to express opinions, but we are also expected to carry out our roles and duties with utmost discernment and caution.
Cebu Pacific has very strict social media policies covering all of its employees and such a post should not have been published. This is recognized by the said pilot himself,” Avila explained.
STATEMENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA POST BY A CEBU PACIFIC PILOT
Since becoming aware of the social media post by one of our…
Posted by Cebu Pacific Air on Monday, May 16, 2022
In the end, Avila confirmed that the pilot is now under disciplinary review following Cebu Pacific policies. Meanwhile, Robredo is currently in New York with her daughters to attend the graduation of her youngest, Jill.
— Sally, The Summit Express