Community Whispers by Ray Junia
Community Whispers

Do elderlies no longer enjoy privileges at NAIA4?

Jan 24, 2023, 12:35 AM
Ray L. Junia

Ray L. Junia


A young Tsinoy, son of a very powerful person in his country, was applying for admission at Princeton.

In the panel interview, he was asked: what days in the week start with a letter T? Tsinoy: Sirs, it's today and tomorrow. The young professors in the panel smiled, entertained.

He was asked the second question to test his inclination to numbers: How many seconds are there in a year?

Tsinoy: Twelve.

“Twelve,” a lady member in the panel exclaimed, adding: “How is that?”
“Ma'am, we have January second, February second, March second etc..” Tsinoy answers.

Surprisingly he got admitted to the entertainment college.

More surprisingly he became a powerful political figure in his country.


I’m writing this from my hotel in Tacloban City, my hometown. Its been raining for weeks in the region while Manila was all sunny and dry.

This weekend, though, the rains stopped giving us a rain-free and very calm day to bury my brother in Tolosa, Leyte, last Saturday.

Pahuway na kapatid and good bye!


January 12, this year, at the NAIA Terminal 4, it was nothing but a horror tale, with one passenger crying and senior citizens lined up for about an hour. What happened to the privilege and special attention to the elderlies and the disabled?

It was chaos, queues snaking to hundreds of meters long, testing tempers of impatient aging passengers.

NAIA4 is the terminal used by Air Asia, the popular budget airline. The fare is cheap but the affairs in its terminal are dirt cheaper.

I wanted budget fare. So I got my money’s worth.


Headline: Marcos pushes for more investments on food.

Me ask: In other countries?


Headline: BBM says SCS tension keeps him up at night.

Me say: All these talks about BBM spending his evenings dancing and partying are lies.


Survey lists top performing mayor, governors, congressmen.

What performance?


Over 1 Million bivalent vaccines arriving soon.

I’m really ambivalent about this new vaccine.


Jarius Bondoc says video disproves BBM and China still barring Filipino fishers.

MTRCB needs to work faster than Jarius.


Tax Louis Vuitton and raise P12B per year. Then what?

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