CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose Luciano denied Thursday harassing two airport security men for allegedly spreading poison letters against him.

“As people have known me since I joined government in 2001 and Clark Development Corporation (CDC) as EVP (Executive Vice President) and COO (Chief Operating Officer), it is never in my character to harass employees, much less subordinates,” Luciano said.

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Luciano added that “People have known me for being tolerant. Many times they say sobrang bait kaya kung minsan ay inaabuso ang kabaitan (I am too good that people abused my kindness). But that is me. It is my faith in people and that is the overriding factor in my person.”

More than 200 employees earlier asked CIAC chairman Nestor Mangio to investigate the alleged harassment of Luciano of the two airport security personnel -- Reynante Nanquil and Enrico Layug.

But CIAC Corporate Communications Department assistant manager Arnel San Pedro said the security personnel's accusations are baseless and unfounded.

“They were merely asked to explain if they were involved in the proliferation of poison letters against Luciano,” San Pedro said.

He added that the security personnel should have instead taken the issue to Luciano personally.

“They instead opted to hide under the cloak of the CIAC Union,” said San Pedro.

In the letter of support for the two security personnel, the more than 200 employees reportedly withdrew their support for Luciano’s retention in office as CIAC head.

“The letter was already drafted when they had a meeting before this came out. Yung mga empleyado pinipilit pa nilang pumirma (The employees were forced to sign the letter). Pero alam ng mga empleyado ang landas na matuwid (But the employees know what is right),” said San Pedro.

San Pedro said the employees who signed the letter of support to Luciano were not forced as the latter’s detractors say.

“Marami na ring natulungang tao ang kanilang sinisiraan na si Mr. Luciano, kabilang na dito si Miss Tessiebeth Cordova,” San Pedro said.

San Pedro stressed Luciano did not coerce anyone at CIAC, saying “This is just a product of their wild imagination.”

Luciano, he added, has worked to increase the salaries of CIAC employees.

“He’s not giving false hopes to the employees. Wala po siyang pinapaasa although I believed na gagawa po ng paraan si Mr. Luciano upang matugunan ang mga hinaing ng mga mangagawa sa CIAC,”San Pedro said.

Luciano’s supporters echoed the views of San Pedro saying that they do not believe the charges of the security men.

The clause allegedly hidden from the signatories read “Dahil po dito, pinaabot po namin sa inyo na kaming mga officers at members ng SMD ay kusang-loob at malayang lumagda sa sulat na ito bilang pagbawi ng nasabing pirma sa Letter of Support [to Luciano].”

According to San Pedro, Rodolfo David of the Engineering Maintenance Department said he was asked to sign the letter of support to the two security men but did not see the “hidden clause.”

“Kung nakita po namin yung itinago nilang pahina na nagsasaad ng withdrawal of support kay Mr. Luciano baka hindi po kami pumirma sa dokumento ng union,” San Pedro quoted David as saying.(Reynaldo G. Navales)