President Rodrigo Duterte showed appreciation to airline companies Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific Air for helping to repatriate distressed Filipino workers from Kuwait.
“I’d like to say to Mr. Lucio Tan and the Gokongwei family, Lance. In behalf of our countrymen, thank you and I will remember you for all time,” the President said in his speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1.
Duterte welcomed 127 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) from Kuwait who wished to come home following the death of a Filipino woman whose body was found inside a freezer.
The President specially mentioned Lucio Tan, chairman and chief executive officer of PAL, for extending his help to the government troops’ fight for Marawi City.
Tan reportedly donated P2 million for the soldiers in Marawi.
“Lucio Tan, you’re paid already. On several occasions, you gave a lot of help, in Marawi. I really appreciate you and your family,” Duterte said.
Duterte also vowed his administration will stop tirades against the business tycoon.
“Don’t you worry, no more harassment from my government whether we are allies or not in politics. Just do the right thing and I will do the right thing and we will be all right,” he said.
It was in 2017 when the President lambasted Tan for not paying P6 billion worth of accumulated navigational fees and other charges. It was then setteled with the Transportation agency.
“Because of this incident, Mr. Lucio Tan, I’m going to shut up forever,” the President said.