Netizens are calling for the termination of a Cebu Pacific pilot who falsely claimed that Vice President Leni Robredo caused flight diversions after she supposedly requested that her flight be given priority landing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Budget airline Cebu Pacific has debunked the claim of pilot Van Rañoa, who alleged in a now-deleted Facebook post that his flight was diverted to the Clark International Airport “last month” because of Robredo.

“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,” Cebu Pacific Vice President for Air Flight Operations Captain Sam Avila said in a statement on May 17, 2022.

“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. He is currently under disciplinary review in accordance with our Company rules and standards,” he added.

Robredo’s office also denied the claims made in the post.

“This never happened and is a malicious fabrication. During her entire tenure as Vice President, VP Leni has never asked to be prioritized for taking off or landing when traveling by air. Any claim to the contrary is a lie,” the Office of the Vice President said in a statement on May 17, 2022.

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