Robredo’s office calls Cebu Pacific pilot allegations as fake news

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES - MAY 13: Leni Robredo speaks to supporters during a thanksgiving rally at the Ateneo de Manila University on May 13, 2022 in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines. Vice President Leni Robredo urged supporters to continue fighting disinformation and announced the creation of the Angat Buhay Foundation, which she says will be the largest volunteer network in the country. Early election returns show Robredo trailing heavily behind presidential frontrunner Ferdinand
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - MAY 13: Leni Robredo speaks to supporters during a thanksgiving rally at the Ateneo de Manila University on May 13, 2022 in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines. Vice President Leni Robredo urged supporters to continue fighting disinformation and announced the creation of the Angat Buhay Foundation, which she says will be the largest volunteer network in the country. Early election returns show Robredo trailing heavily behind presidential frontrunner Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., the son and namesake of the ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., who mounted a hugely popular campaign based largely on disinformation to return his family name to power. (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)

The Office of Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday (May 17) denounced a viral claim from a Cebu Pacific pilot that the vice-president had requested priority landing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in April, causing some flight diversions.

In a statement, the OVP said that the statement was just a “malicious fabrication” and said that the incident never happened.

"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," it said.

Disinformation and fake news continue to haunt the vice-president’s camp even after the May 9 elections where she lost to the dictator’s son Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

“It is alarming that almost a week after the elections, the disinformation and fake news being spread on social media against VP Leni continue unabated,” the statement read.

"Lying, unfortunately, has become a full-blown industry on social media," the office added.

Cebu Pacific Air has earlier apologized to Robredo over the claim of its pilot, who reportedly admitted that the alleged incident was “baseless.” The pilot's Facebook post has since been deleted.

"On behalf of Cebu Pacific, and as Head of our Pilot Group, I take command responsibility and apologize unreservedly to the Vice President and the general public for the actions of our pilot," Cebu Pacific's vice president for flight operations Capt. Sam Avila said.

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said air traffic data sourced from the air traffic service are covered by the agency's confidentiality clauses "as this information has its security implications."

However, CAAP said that the issue remains an "internal matter that must be discussed by the airline and the concerned pilot."

Robredo is currently in New York with her three daughters to attend Jillian Robredo’s commencement exercises at New York University.

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. She advocates for animal welfare and press freedom.

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