PAL crew files raps vs solon for 'menopausal bitch' remark

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 17 2011 04:22 PM | Updated as of Jan 18 2011 08:03 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Airlines (PAL) customer service agent Sarah Teresa Bonnin Ocampo on Monday sought the suspension of Alliance of Volunteer Educator (AVE) Party-List Rep. Eulogio "Amang" Magsaysay for calling her a "menopausal bitch."

This was disclosed by her lawyer, Bernadette Carrasco.

Carasco and ocampo along with members and officers of the PAL Employees Association (PALEA) filed a complaint for serious misconduct, grave abuse of authority and conduct unbecoming of a high ranking public official and solicitation of favor, violation of Republic Act (RA) 6712, RA 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) before the House of Representatives Committee on Ethics and Privileges.

Carrasco also stressed that Magsaysay has not personally apologized to Ocampo despite media reports.

Carrasco said apologizing over the media only addresses the social injury and not the personal injury.

Magsaysay, said Carrasco, has not yet contacted her client.

Carrasco added a court will have to determine how to address the social injury in the laws Magsaysay violated.

Carrasco added they are also filing an ethics case to address the disciplinary aspect of the case.

Carrasco said Magsaysay’s actions were an affront to the class of customer service workers.

PAL crew files raps vs solon for 'menopausal bitch' remark 1Ocampo, again fighting back her emotions, said her child has asked her why she is on TV taking up the cause, and she said it was because she wanted her child to be proud of her. She also said she is on leave from PAL.

Earlier, outside the Batasan Pambansa, Ocampo also addressed media. Ocampo recalled her experience with Congressman Magsaysay.

When pressed about Magsaysay’s public apology and if she has accepted it, Ocampo, fighting back her emotions said, “Should I? It has been too long. He should have stopped at the second 'bitch.'”

PALEA members picketed the Batasan south gate before Ocampo filed her complaint. They were holding placards and shouting chants dissing Magsaysay.

In a text message to media, Magsaysay said,”[I] would apologize to her personally if given the chance, just tell me where and when. I have apologized though many times during interviews on radio and on print media.”

Of the ethics case, Magsaysay only said, “I just have to wait for further developments.”