Macalintal wants lookout order vs Sofitel execs

By Ira Pedrasa,

Posted at Jun 18 2014 04:53 PM | Updated as of Jun 19 2014 06:46 AM

MANILA - Lawyer Romulo Macalintal has asked Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to issue a lookout bulletin order against two foreign officials of the posh Sofitel Luxury Hotel allegedly due to their refusal to disclose their period of assignment in the country.

In his letter, Macalintal took note of his pending criminal complaint against General Manager Adam Laker and Assistant Manager Matthieu Chapuis due to the alleged violation of his rights as a senior citizen.

Both Laker and Chapuis appeared during a preliminary investigation at the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office last June 16.

Macalintal asked for their period of employment as “foreign nationals.”

However, “for unexplained reason, Laker and Chapuis vehemently objected or refused to disclose this information and their lawyer manifested that such factual matter is ‘irrelevant’ and Sofitel’s ‘management prerogative’. Hence, I made of record in the Prosecutor’s Office that I will seek appropriate remedy on this matter before the DOJ or Bureau of Immigration since I believe that the information is very material and relevant to insure that Laker and Chapuis will not leave the Philippines without notice to proper authorities to prevent a mockery of our judicial system,” Macalintal said.

He said this prompted him to seek de Lima’s help “to insure that they do not leave or flee Philippine jurisdiction while my criminal complaint against them is pending resolution by the Office of the City Prosecutor of Pasay City.”

The 67-year-old senior citizen’s rights champion earlier sued the officials of Sofitel for supposedly denying him his 20% senior citizen’s discount.

He said he used his Sofitel Accor Advantage card, which provides as much as 50% discounts on food and drinks.

While the hotel restaurant there gave him his 50% discount as a member of the privilege group, it did not give him his additional 20% discount for being a senior citizen.

Macalintal explained the 20% should be on top of the 50% discount. "They said the 20% is already included in the 50%. It seems they were the ones who enjoyed my senior citizen’s discount.”

He cited the terms and conditions of Accor, which says “nothing in these Terms excludes, limits, modifies or restricts any right or remedy, or any guarantee, warranty or other term or condition implied or imposed by any legislation which cannot lawfully be excluded or limited.”

Asked for comment on Macalintal’s request for a lookout order, Sofitel lawyer Edwardson Ong said, “We are not aware of any such request.”