A scary incident happened during my flight to Manila from Davao City today.
Just as the Cebu Pacific Air plane was about to land, the pilot suddenly pulled up and aborted the landing due to poor visibility.
The pilot later decided to divert the plane to Clark International Airport where we were told to wait until the Manila Airport authorities give a clearance for the plane to land.
I have three appointments scheduled in Manila today before I fly back to Davao City tonight for a series of engagements again tomorrow.
I already missed the first one at 9 a.m. and not knowing how long we would stay in Clark, I asked the stewardess if I would be allowed to get off the plane so I could take a car back to Quezon City where I have a 12 noon engagement.
When she said “No,” I called up Sec. Art Tugade of the Dept. of Transportation to help me get out of the plane so I could be present in my last two engagements.
Calls were made and finally the Captain of the plane, agreed to let me deplane along with three other passengers who also had appointments and who only had hand carried luggage like me.
On the way back to Manila, my daughter sent me a message attaching a post obviously from a fellow passenger named Jordan Pombo who described my act to seek the help of the DOTr Secretary to get off the plane as “power-tripping.”
Here is the message I sent to him:
“hi. interesting observation you made about my desire to get off the plane so i could perform my duties as a govt. official. would you have preferred that i stayed in that plane for 3 hours waiting for it to take off while people who i need to serve were waiting for me? i have three engagements in manila today. i already missed the first one. two others are scheduled at 12 noon and 3 p.m. i have to fly back to davao tonight to attend another engagement tomorrow in north cotabato. you call that power-tripping? isn’t that supposed to be described as “hardworking?”
Actually, before I got off, I apologised to the crew and the other passengers within hearing distance from me for the inconvenience I caused by getting off the plane.
Jordan Tombo, bless his young soul, may not have heard me thus he deemed to call my effort to go to great extra lengths and discomfort as “power tripping” instead of calling me “hardworking.”
Well, I can’t please everybody.
Sorry @Jordan Pombo.
(Admin: Published with permission from Sec. Manny Piñol)