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PBA sues Gulf Air for Dubai trip fiasco

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PBA Commissioner Chito Salud. PBA IMAGE/NUKI SABIO

The Philippine Basketball Association yesterday sued Gulf Air in connection with the shabby treatment that Talk ‘N Text players and staff received from the international airline during their trip back home from Dubai two years ago.

PBA legal counsel Melvin Mendoza said the pro league took legal action after the Bahrain-based carrier failed to issue an explanation  why the confirmed bookings of the 19 players and officials for their return flight to Manila on July 2, 2011 were canceled without prior notice.

“We have written them several demand letters but up to this time the airline company has not yet given a satisfactory explanation,’’ said Mendoza.

PBA Commissioner Chito Salud filed the case in behalf of Talk ‘N Text, which played in Dubai against Barangay Ginebra and Barako Bull to entertain overseas Filipino workers there.

Mendoza said the players and officials of TNT went to the check-in counter of Dubai airport at least three hours ahead of the scheduled flight only to be informed that their trip was canceled. Some of the players took a chance to get a booking from other airlines while the rest spent the night in a nearby hotel to catch a flight the following day.

Mendoza said Gulf Air blatantly violated the contract of carriage and transportation after canceling the confirmed flights of the group, which  is seeking actual, moral and other damages that would exceed P12 million.

The players and officials who were stranded  were Aaron Aban, Jimmy Alapag, Richard Alvarez, Dexter Aseron, Harvey Carey, Jayson Castro, Ranidel de Ocampo, Larry Fonacier, Gilbert Lao, Rolando Lazano, Emmerson Oreta, Albert Henry Peek, Raoul Cesar Racela, Ferdinand Ravena Jr., Joshua Vincent Reyes, Ryan Jay Reyes, Rogelio Tulabot, Kelly Williams and Mark Yee.

“This case against Gulf Air was filed not just to vindicate the rights and interests of PLDT’s team, but more importantly to uphold the good name and reputation of the entire membership of the PBA,’’ said Salud.

The harrowing experience was totally unexpected for  the Talk N Text players and staff, who  didn’t encounter any problem  when they left Manila for Dubai.


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  • Iggy Ramirez

    Let me tell you about how bad Gulf Air is: it is like Cebu Pacific.

    Yeah, I know. It’s that bad.

  • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

    According to reviews, it is one of the worst, and the cheapest.

    Somehow ‘you get what you pay for’ comes to mind.

  • nizon

    2 years ago pa nangyari, bat ngayon lang nag file ng lawsuit.

  • pinoyfarfaraway

    mahal pa ang ticket nila, poor service, gurangski pa ang mga stewardess nila…ndi na ako umulit!!

  • ibascoallan

    this AIRLINE (GULF AIR) is the worst ever, flights goin to Phil. are always delayed, there is no system in place for the entry of passengers (unahan), very poor customer service (tatawag ka sasabihin sayo HINDI KO ALAM),poor treatment of stranded passengers (they will let you wait for hours without knowing the next flight, no coffee, no bread, no water, no hotel accommodation,)…….ewan ko lang ano treatment nila sa passengers goin to EUROPE, US, etc…..pero goin to PINAS, expect the worst komo EXPATS/OFWs ang sakay….

  • Kristoffer Atienza

    My unconfirmed guess: So do penalties of players, officials, and teams go to here? That’s good, I think.

  • Iggy Ramirez

    Gulf Air is a disgusting airline. I mean, literally. So nobody should expect anything good from it, especially manners.

    • siRaulo_Ka

      Are the airline crews, stewards and stewardesses racists?

      • Iggy Ramirez

        Yes. One time one flight attendant called out to talking passengers via PA saying “Filipinos, please stop talking”, when she was actually referring to Nepalese citizens.

        Not only are their attendants rude, they are also unhygienic and a big bunch of slobs, and one of the laziest I’ve seen in a while. Not to mention most of them are old and ugly.

        It’s true that they’ve got one of the cheapest fares around. But considering the shoddy and decrepit conditions of their airlines, it’s not worth it. One time, they served food that was in the advanced state of spoiling.

      • danyaleQuinto

        @Iggy Ramirez: perhaps you are referring to the incident with MEA ground crew (not GF flight attendant) at Beirut airport which was happened last year, addressing Filipinos are noisy through public address system at the departure lounge of said airport, where in fact those noisy pax were nepalese.

      • xxxriainxxx

        Yup I think that was a different airline coming from Lebanon.



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