I sue Cebu Pacific for P1 million
for not waking me up to take my flight
By BERTENI "TOTO" CATALUÑA CAUSING
Author of the book "Simplified Libel Law in the Philippines"
I felt disgusted this morning (12 February 2013) because I was left behind by the Cebu Pacific plane that was supposed to take me to General Santos City on a 5:20 a.m. flight.
I checked in at 3:30 a.m. and proceeded right away to a seat at the lobby area of Boarding Gate No. 134 as instructed in my boarding pass.
Unluckily, I felt asleep and not one of the dozen of Cebu Pacific staff attending to passengers for General Santos City woke me up.
Yes, they announced my name several times but I am an ordinary human who cannot hear the announcements when asleep. Under that situation, it is the awake who had the obligation to take care of the concerns of the asleep as a measure of diligence to comply with the ends of the contract of carriage.
I unconsciously felt asleep on the seat I was sitting on due to lack of sleep that was caused by many works for the clients and the fact that I chose not to take a nap because it would be dangerous for me to take a sleep that I might not be able to wake up early enough to check in.
I succeeded in checking in at 3:20 a.m. and I made sure that I can ride so that I positioned myself in front of the boarding gate. But, I felt asleep. The Cebu Pacific staffers did not wake up all passengers sleeping at the assigned Boarding Gate No. 134.
I insist justice.
Cebu Pacific is at fault here because it has a contract of carriage and this contract is one impressed with public interest that Cebu Pacific must ensure their best that I must be able to ride the plane.
They clearly had the last clear chance to avoid damage by means of waking me up but not one of its staffers did.
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