Exposing double standard: Senators furious at seizure of PAL crew’s onion ‘pasalubong’

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Senators on Monday said they are distraught that Philippine Airlines (PAL) crew members are now in hot water for bringing onions to the Philippines as “pasalubong” (souvenir).


Senators JV Ejercito and Raffy Tulfo raised concerns about the double standard in punishing the PAL crew members while letting the major smugglers go free.




“‘Yung PAL crew, nagdadala ‘yan ng pasalubong for personal consumption. Dati, mansanas, ubas, pabango, sapatos. Ngayon, sibuyas na ang kanilang pinapasalubong sa kanilang mga pamilya. So, this is already a cause of alert,” Ejercito said during the Senate committee on agriculture, food, and agrarian reform hearing.


(PAL crew members bring home souvenirs for personal consumption. Before, apples, grapes, perfumes, and shoes. Now, they bring home onions for their families. So, this is already a cause of the alert.)

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