PAL  LOWERS  DOMESTIC  FARES BY Php100

MANILA, November 16, 2005 (STAR) Philippine Airlines (PAL) will roll back its fares on domestic round-trip flights by P100 effective Nov. 17, as part of its move to adjust its fuel surcharge in response to lower world crude oil prices.

"This is one way of giving something back to our loyal customers," PAL executive vice president Henry So Uy said. "At a time when the price of most goods and services is going up, we thought of sharing with the public whatever benefit due (them) in terms of fuel-cost savings."

In recent weeks, the price of crude oil in the world market has gone down by about 18 percent to $64.95 per barrel from a high of $79.16 last September.

PAL said that should the cost of fuel continue to drop, it will adjust its fuel surcharge accordingly. Last April 27, the country’s flag carrier applied a fuel surcharge to its domestic services amounting to P350 per round-trip flight to destinations within Luzon, P470 to the Visayas, and P650 to Mindanao.

So Uy said PAL already had a fare structure that was very competitive in the domestic market even before its fuel-surcharge rollback.

PAL offers a wide range of promotional fares, with limited seats, available to the public. These include "Mega Saver" fares of as much as 72 percent off normal rates in most of the airline’s domestic destinations. Tickets can be purchased online through www.philippineairlines.com.

CBCP: Don’t blame Church if some RP leaders are immoral By Edu Punay The Philippine Star 11/16/2005

The Roman Catholic Church has distanced itself from the political crisis facing the country despite moral issues being raised by opposing sides against each other.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said yesterday the Church should not be blamed for the moral lapses of leaders of the country simply because they are entitled to their own decisions on matters, whether involving morality or not.

Outgoing CBCP president Archbishop Fernando Capalla of Davao pointed out that the education system in the country does not have a safeguard to ensure that mature citizens have imbibed the moral values purportedly taught to them in schools.

"People graduate from schools and even Catholic institutions without imbibing the values. The diploma is all it takes. When they leave the schools, it would then be a totally different world," Capalla stressed in an interview.

He pointed out that the Church also does not have any way to assure that the faithful abide by its moral doctrines. "We are simply teaching and preaching. We do not really grade the people by their attendance in the Church," he said.

Capalla said that "moral growth" ultimately depends on each individual as he or she matures in life.

President Arroyo, who allegedly cheated her way to victory in last year’s election with the use of money from illegal gambling operations, is a devout Catholic. The President has steadfastly ignored protests from quarters calling for her resignation or impeachment.

Capalla believes that the current administration manages to stay in power primarily because of two things: "lack of popular uprising and people are apparently tired."

"I think one reason why the administration is still surviving is because of lack of information in the far-flung provinces so there is no popular uprising," the prelate explained.

Capalla stressed that for these reasons, the Church feels responsible to support the search for truth behind the moral issues involving the current administration.

"There is nothing bad from which the good cannot come out. It is our role to see to it that the goodness and the truth will come out," he noted.


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