PAL will co­op­er­ate with govt:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Philip­pines Air­lines said Thursday it is co­op­er­at­ing with the gov­ern­ment in re­solv­ing what au­thor­i­ties said are 7.28 bil­lion pe­sos ($143 mil­lion) in un­paid nav­i­ga­tional fees and other charges.

Philippine Air­lines said the al­legedly un­paid charges in­volve “com­plex le­gal is­sues” which it has been try­ing to thresh out with the Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity of the Philip­pines for years.

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte has warned PAL to set­tle its ar­rears in 10 days or risk the clo­sure of its air­port ter­mi­nal.

“I said ‘you solve the prob­lem your­self. I will give you 10 days,’” Duterte said in a speech. “’If you don’t pay, I will de­stroy that and there will be no more air­port.’”

The Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion said let­ters were sent to PAL as early as Au­gust 2016 de­mand­ing full pay­ment of all un­paid charges.

PAL sug­gested the pos­si­bil­ity of pay­ing its ar­rears over seven years, but the re­quest was de­nied.

The fi­nal de­mand for full pay­ment has been sent to the air­line in prepa­ra­tion for le­gal ac­tion, ac­cord­ing to the depart­ment. (AP)

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