Hope wanes for quick resolution of Philippine Airlines issue: gov't

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The Philippine government's hope for a quick resolution of the problem besetting national carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) this week began to wane when it became clear that the grievances of its resigned pilots extended way beyond low salaries, Malacanang said Wednesday.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda, who has been part of the separate government discussions with PAL management and the representatives of the concerned pilots, said in a news briefing that while a possible government takeover of PAL has been discussed, another option is being considered.

Asked whether the government remains hopeful that the PAL problem can be resolved this week, Lacierda said that government officials have been "getting more and more information on the conditions from both sides" that show the extent of the problem.

"We are still hoping that it can be resolved this week but we are going to do it day by day. I cannot guarantee you if we can do it this week. But we will exert all efforts to resolve this situation as soon as possible," he said.

Lacierda said that despite the problem, "the riding public has not been prejudiced so far because PAL has modified its flight schedules in order to accommodate the concerns of the riding public."

As for a government takeover, Lacierda said that "it is not an option for now." "We're looking at other options," he said, without elaborating.

Twenty-five PAL pilots resigned over the weekend due to labor issues and for greener pasture abroad, resulting to the disruption of PAL operations.

Source: Xinhua


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