MANILA, Philippines — Following problems being encountered by passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), who suffers from long lines due to busted computers, Malacañang on Monday urged commuters to try other modes of transportation.
“Yung eroplano lang ba ang puwedeng sakyan doon sa mga rutang pupuntahan nyo?” said Presidential Communications Operations Office head Herpinio Colona Jr. during a press briefing. “Baka naman puwedeng matuklasan yung iba pang mga options.”
He specifically encouraged commuters to try riding cruise ships or boats, thousands of which supposedly traverse the waters around the globe daily.
“Alam natin na sa karagatan lang, libu-libo ang mga bangka at barko. Hindi naman siksikan ‘yung mga sasakyang pandagat na ‘yon,” he added.
Colona tried to justify his statement when someone from the media tried to raise his hand.
“Siyempre may advantages yung eroplano in terms of efficiency, dahil nga mabilis ito at hindi ka matatalsikan ng tubig-alat kapag nakasakay ka na. Pero siguro panahon na para tingnan din yung ibang mga opsyon habang hinihintay natin yung pagdating ng mga bagong computers para sa NAIA,” he added.
When asked to provide more examples for his use of the plural form of the word ‘option’, Colona became tongue-tied.
Colona insisted that the congestion at NAIA “comes from the natural increase in population and the propensity of commuters to use a particular mode of public transportation over another.”
That and the commuters desire to leave the city to avoid the scheduled service interruption of Maynilad during the Lenten break.
“Can you blame the increase in population on Mr. Hondaro?” a now visibly irked Colona asked, referring to NAIA General Manager Jose Anghit Hondaro. “It seems a bit overreaching to blame everything on one official.”
To end the press conference, Colona stressed that he has taken boats before and there was no need to sign a petition asking him and other public officials to brave the long queues.
Colona mentioned long-term projects and advancements in technology such as futuristic transporters, teleportation device, international zip-lines, hot-air balloons, magic carpets, levitations, commercial submarines and pegasus, that would drastically improve the efficiency and comfort of travelling abroad.
“Parating na po ang mga ‘iyan sa pinaka madaling panahon,” he said, without specifying an exact date.