Online Outrage Works: Philip Morris Suspends Carabuena
I don’t cherish calling for a person’s suspension or termination from his job since that that would mean loss of livelihood or income. However in the case of MMDA assailant Robert “Blair” Carabuena, his suspension or even
possible termination is justified since his executive position makes him a representative of his company. Of course, the suspension or termination of an employee is a corporate prerogative and must be based on established laws and be meted out judiciously after due process.
A YouTube video of Carabuena, an Ateneo alumnus and an executive of Philip Morris International, assaulting a lowly MMDA (Metropolitan Manila Development Authority) traffic enforcer, Saturnino Fabros, ignited online uproar and calls for the immediate termination of his employment with PMI.
A petition signed by University of the Philippines Diliman professor Dr. J. Prospero De Vera III, Ateneo De Manila University professor and lobbyist Ma. Lourdes N. Tiquia, journalist Ellen Tordesillas, and civic and social organization professional Marilyn Mana-ay Robles calls on “PMI to immediately act on this unforgiveable incident and accordingly fire him.”
Filipino netizens and bloggers (me included) also called for the immediate firing of the PMI executive who earned the monikers “fat pig”, “Wild Barney” and “Carabeef”.
The petition states:
“”We are aware of the incident involving our employee Robert Blair Carabuena.
“The incident happened last Saturday (Aug 11) and Mr. Carabuena was on his personal time and was not doing any work in behalf of the company when the incident took place.”
“When the complete facts surrounding the incident are not yet clear to make a full appreciation of the situation, the company would obviously not condone inappropriate conduct by any of our employees.”
“We understand the matter is being investigated by the authorities and we will monitor developments closely.”
It now appears that public call for Carabuena’s termination or suspension worked, as PMI has suspended its notorious executive who is considered “bad” for the company’s “executive health”.
The company’s official statement, released on Thursday, said:
“The Metro Manila Development Authority has announced that it will file charges against Robert Blair Carabuena, an employee of PMFTC [Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp.], over an incident with a traffic enforcer that took place on Saturday, August 11. Mr. Carabuena was on his personal time and not on duty for the company at the time.
“PMFTC has suspended Mr. Carabuena pending the outcome of the investigation.
“PMFTC reiterates that it does not condone inappropriate conduct by any of our employees.”
Well, this reminds me of an American guy named Adam Smith, a strong but idiotic advocate of gay marriage, who bullied a drive-thru employee of a now popular American Restaurant Chick-fil-a for the anti-gay marriage stand of its owner.
Vante, the company that employed Smith as its CFO, released the following statement:
“Vante regrets the unfortunate events that transpired yesterday in Tucson between our former CFO/Treasurer Adam Smith and an employee at Chick-fil-A,” the company said in a statement. “Effective immediately, Mr. Smith is no longer an employee of our company.
“We hope that the general population does not hold Mr. Smith’s actions against Vante and its employees,” the statement continued.
What did the Vante CFO do that cost him his job? He posted the following video clip on YouTube:
Apart from his suspension, Carabuena also faces possible revocation of his license and jail time for direct assault.
From Yahoo News:
Meanwhile, MMDA already asked the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to revoke Carbuena’s license, Yves Gonzales, head of the MMDA traffic disclipline office told Yahoo! Southeast Asia in a phone interview.
“MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino has drafted a letter to LTO Assistant Secretary Virginia Santos, asking them to look into the case and if possible revoke the license,” Gonzales said.
The LTO also confirmed that licenses may be revoked under certain grounds.
“Pwede po talagang i-revoke ang license, kung halimbawa gumamit ka ng sasakyan na ginamit sa krimen (Licenses may indeed be revoked, such as in cases when motorists use vehicles identified in criminal cases),” Daisy Jacobo, chief of LTO’s traffic safety division.
Tolentino on Wednesday said “abusive and arrogant motorists like him (Carabuena), who obviously do not have serious regard to the rule of law, have no right to be in the road in the first place.”