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Lucio Tan Emerges From COVID to Say PAL 'Will Keep Flying'

The flag carrier filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
by Joel Guinto
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Photo/s: Philippine Airlines

Tapian Lucio Tan reemerged from COVID Saturday to assure Filipinos that he was committed to seeing Philippine Airlines through its bankruptcy.

Tan's grandson, Lucio Tan III, read his grandfather's message after PAL announced that it filed for Chapter 11 in the U.S. with an accompanying filing in the Philippines.

The elder Tan was diagnosed with COVID-19 last April and was treated in an undisclosed hospital. He did not speak in the PAL video message and deferred to his grandson, who is a member of the airline's board.

Lucio Tan III is the son of Lucio "Bong" Tan Jr., who died in a basketball court accident in 2019.

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"We will complete the recovery of Philippine Airlines. We will firmly support the management and employees of PAL as they undergo the restructuring process," Tan III read from his grandfather's statement.

"In times of national crisis, we are here to serve the Filipino people. Today, I give you this assurance, like the Philippine flag, we will continue to stand tall and strong," Tan III said.

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"Philippine Airlines will keep flying, now and into the future," he said.

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