52% agrees impeachment of Gutierrez – SWS

First Quarter 2011 Social Weather Survey (SWS) found that 52% agreed and 15% disagreed with the Supreme Court’s decision allowing the House of Representatives to file an impeachment case against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez; the remaining 29% were undecided.

On the plea bargaining agreement between the Office of the Ombudsman and former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) comptroller and now retired Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia, 83% want Gen. Garcia charged with plunder, the case filed by former Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo against him being strong, and only 15% want the government to continue with the plea bargain, the case filed being weak, according to Ombudsman Gutierrez.

The survey also found the net satisfaction rating (% satisfied minus % dissatisfied) of Ombudsman Gutierrez to be –9 in March 2011, similar to –9 in September 2010.

Previous surveys showed that the net trust rating (% much trust minus % little trust) of Ombudsman Gutierrez worsened from –17 in March 2008 to –22 in June 2009.

The net satisfaction rating of the Office of the Ombudsman, on the other hand, went from +2 in February 2009 to +9 in March 2011. It was single-digit in 5 out of 6 surveys since September 1998; it reached double-digits only in July 2001 when it reached +17.

Support for Gutierrez impeachment higher in Metro Manila and class ABC.

The March 2011 survey found that majorities of 68% in Metro Manila and 53% in Balance Luzon, and pluralities of 47% in the Visayas and 42% in Mindanao agreed with the Supreme Court’s decision allowing the Lower House to file an impeachment case against Ombudsman Gutierrez.

PAL readies contingency measures in case of union strike

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has assured its passengers that contingency measures are in place to keep its airplanes flying in case members of the PAL Employees Association (PALEA) stage an illegal strike.

PAL stressed that its flights will continue to be operated according to published schedules while all ticket offices and other sales and airport facilities in Metro Manila, the provinces and stations abroad will maintain regular business operations.

“Our interline airline-partners as well as augmentation forces from management are on standby to ensure that our operations are not disrupted in case PALEA members walk out,” said Cielo Villaluna, PAL spokesperson. She stressed that ground workers represents only a fraction of PAL’s 7,000-strong workforce.

The company said that a strike, if declared illegal by proper authorities, could lead to the forfeiture of striking workers’ benefits including those ordered by the Office of the President.

Meanwhile, PAL submitted its counter-proposal consisting of salary increases for the first three years of a three-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) to be negotiated by PAL with PALEA.

“In good faith, PAL management fulfilled its commitment to submit today a counter-proposal, proof of management’s sincerity and willingness to open negotiations with PALEA,” said Jose S.L. Uybarreta, PAL vice president for Human Resources.

“The amounts of P750 for the first year, P1,500 for the second year and another P1,500 for the third year – are what management believes the company can afford at this time, given the string of massive losses suffered by PAL since 2008,” he said.

Cebu Pacific Air offers seat sale

Cebu Pacific is offering a seat sale to all its 33 domestic destinations for travel from June 1 to December 15, 2011.

Passengers can book flights to any of CEB’s 33 domestic destinations, namely: Bacolod, Boracay (Caticlan), Busuanga (Coron), Butuan, Calbayog, Cagayan de Oro, Catarman, Cauayan (Isabela), Cebu, Clark, Cotabato, Davao, Dipolog, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Legaspi, Laoag, Manila, Naga, Ozamiz, Pagadian, Puerto Princesa, Roxas, San Jose (Mindoro), Siargao, Surigao, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Tuguegarao, Virac and Zamboanga.

The seat sale fare is exclusive of government tax and fuel surcharge.

“CEB allocates more than 100,000 domestic seats for this P1 sale to encourage passengers to plan their travels for the second half of the year,” said CEB vice president for marketing Candice Iyog.

“We have always been a trailblazer in creative pricing strategies so our passengers can continue enjoying CEB’s low fares.”

“The airline first introduced P1 fares in 2007, and it has become one of our most popular seat sales. We continue with our mission of making air travel more affordable for everyone,” Iyog  added.