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Manila, Philippines — The family of the ground staffer of Cebu Pacific who was allegedly verbally abused by Claudine Barretto plans to slap the actress with a harassment suit, Radyo Singko 92.3 NewsFM reported Friday.
The report quoted Elizabeth Bocboc, the mother of the airline employee, as saying that her daughter Charice Bocboc was no longer reporting for work and had been staying at their home crying.
Last Sunday, May 6, Bocboc and her colleague Kristine Ilagan were allegedly berated by Barretto at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Pasay City after Cebu Pacific offloaded the actress' luggage.
Elizabeth was further quoted by Radyo Singko as saying that she did not send her daughter to school just to be scolded and abused verbally. Earlier, Charice's mother also said that Barretto should realize that she had no right to maltreat her daughter just because she was rich and Charice wasn't.
Meanwhile, Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Loretta Ann Rosales took the cudgels for Charice.
“I think there is a violation of rights when Claudine assaulted and insulted the ground staff of Cebu Pacific. Kasi ano man ang problema ng airline ay kaya naman nating pag-usapan [Because any problem with the airline can be settled peacefully]," Rosales said in an interview with Radyo Singko's Punto Asintado on Friday.
Rosales said Barretto had the right to express her anger and complain about what had happened but she should not have insulted or assaulted the dignity of the ground staffer because she had no fault.
"Pwede naman siysang magalit dahil sa nangyari, magreklamo pero huwag niyang insultuhin at huwag niyang i-assault iyong dignity noong ground staff dahil di naman kasalanan 'yon noong staff."