PAL falls victim to hoax; DoE acts vs predators

January 18, 2020

FOR the nth time already, the Philippine Airlines (PAL) is once again the subject of a hoax promo.

Just the other day, a message went around announcing that ‘PAL is giving everyone two business class tickets to celebrate its anniversary.’

It then says, ‘click here to get your tickets…  http:/’

Once you click the said link, you will then be asked questions answerable by ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

Then, you will be directed to follow some steps ‘to get your free tickets,’ foremost of which tells you to send the same message to 20 friends or five groups either in Whatsapp or Viber.

Ma. Cielo Villaluna, the beauteous spokesperson of PAL, says the said announcement is, of course, a big hoax.

In the past recent years, I remember having encountered a number of such fake announcements so I asked Ms. Cielo how often this happens.

Villaluna said ‘these are phishing sites designed by cyber criminals whose intent is to lure people to interact with the site, the endgoal of which is to get personal info such as credit card numbers. Who is behind this? That can only be answered once an IP address is traced.’

According to her, PAL falls victim to such similar hoax announcements on a very,very, regular basis for reasons none of those from PAL could fathom.

Cielo said that at least for the past three years, PAL gets victimized by such fake ads about thrice per year. Oh well… don’t get duped!!


The Department of Energy (DoE) under Secretary Alfonso Cusi is currently in Batangas to assess the energy situation and extend all the assistance necessary in the towns affected by the eruption of the Taal Volcano earlier this week.

There were also discussions to help ensure that no predatory practices, such as overpricing of petroleum products are taking place in the area.                                   

It may be recalled that the entire provinces of Batangas and Cavite have been placed under the State of Calamity (SOC), thereby putting a price freeze on household liquefied petroleum gas and kerosene products for 15 days upon the SOC’s declaration.           

Cusi’s tireless assistant secretary Robert Uy and Electric Power Industry Management Bureau (EPIMB) Director Mario Marasigan headed the DoE contingent, which was composed of teams led by Power Market Supervising Antonio Barcelona, OIC Division Chief Marc Louie Olap and Senior Science Research Specialist Mark Christian Marollano with technical bureau personnel.

Meetings with officials from the local government unit (LGU) of Sto. Tomas Batangas, including Municipal Mayor Edna Padilla-Sanchez, as well as evacuation center officials and volunteers were held to get the most updated information on the various LGU’s needs.                                                                                                        

Visits were made to various schools, city center, barangay halls and gymnasium which serve as evacuation centers.       

Other areas affected by Taal’s eruption such as Tanauan, Batangas and Tagaytay cities will also be visited by the DOE today, even as some were already visited yesterday.


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