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Cebu Pacific: Raymart, Claudine's baggage offloaded due to excess plane load


Cebu Pacific, the airline involved in the "baggage mess" that triggered the scuffle between actor Raymart Santiago and columnist Ramon Tulfo on Sunday, said the Santiago couple's luggage had to be offloaded from the plane from Boracay due to problems with excess plane load. Tulfo and Santiago engaged in a fistfight at the NAIA-3 on Sunday afternoon after Tulfo started taking footage of Santiago's wife — Claudine Barretto — as she was complaining to a Cebu Pacific attendant about their baggage, which was not loaded on their flight from Boracay. On Monday, Cebu Pacific vice president for marketing Candice Iyog said they offloaded 11 pieces of baggage to shed as much excess weight as possible so that the plane could clear the one-kilometer runway at Caticlan airport.   "Hindi (sila) nasabihan kaagad kasi made-delay ang flight kung hahanapin kanino ang io-offload; na-deliver sa kanila kahapon na afternoon," Iyog said in an interview over radio dzBB.   If the offloading took place before the passengers boarded the plane, Cebu Pacific would have tried to inform the owners of the offloaded luggage, Iyog explained. On Monday, Tulfo went to Pasay City Hall to lodge a complaint against Santiago and his wife, actress Claudine Barretto, and several "John Does," for physical injuries.
 
In an interview over radio dzBB, Tulfo's lawyer Mario General said: "Definitely we're going to file a criminal case against husband and wife and John Does for physical injuries."
 
General said they are just waiting for the final medical report of Tulfo. In a separate radio dzBB report, Santiago said he also intends to file a complaint against Tulfo for physical injury and coercion. - VVP/HS, GMA News
   
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