MANILA, Philippines - The Flight Attendants' and Stewards' Association of the Philippines (FASAP) held a picket in front of the Supreme Court (SC) in Padre Faura, Manila to yet again call for a favorable ruling in their case against Philippine Airlines (PAL) in connection with the retrenchment of 1,423 of the carrier's flight attendants in 1998.
Wearing orange to represent the first color of PAL's cabin crew, the group said they expected the wheels of justice to turn speedier with the appointment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who incidentally is also the reported justice-in-charge of the case following the controversial recall of the high court's 3rd ruling in favor of FASAP last Oct. 4, 2011.
"It's been 14 years and we are still hoping that the decision will be handed down the soonest time possible," group spokesman Ding Dreyfus said.
The high court first ruled in favor of FASAP on July 22, 2008 when its Third Division unanimously found the flight attendants' retrenchment as illegal. The next ruling, junking PAL's motion for reconsideration (MR), was on Oct. 2, 2009. The last ruling was on Sept. 7, 2011, handed down by the Second Division.
The last ruling was recalled on the basis that it was not promulgated by the proper division.