De Lima Reminds PAL Management, Employees of Their Obligations to Public

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MANILA (PNA) - Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary Leila De Lima on Monday reminded both the management and employees of the Philippine Airlines (PAL) that they have their obligations to the public.De Lima, together with Executive Secretary Paquito "Jojo" Ochoa, Jr., Transportation and Communications Secretary Jose "Ping" De Jesus and Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, is set to meet with the PAL management and pilot association Monday afternoon."We need to be able to help settle the dispute," De Lima said in an interview."This is not just simple employer-employee relationship because this is imbued with public interest so the government has to step in," De Lima added.In the last two days, the PAL has been forced to cancel regional and domestic flights after 13 pilots and 12 first officers flying PAL Airbus A319's and A320's resigned from the flag-carrier.The PAL pilots and first officers resigned allegedly due to lack of security of tenure, inconducive working condition and not competitive salary compared to other airlines. …