By Liza Soriano
MANILA — House Deputy Minority Leader and Bagong Henerasyon Rep. Bernadette Herrera said that passengers affected by the airport fiasco on New Year’s Day must receive compensation.
“Apology without compensation is insufficient,” Herrera said.
Earlier, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. apologized for the event and the trouble the malfunctioning air traffic control system had caused to almost 65,000 passengers including at least 3,000 overseas Filipino workers.
The Chief Executive further promised that efforts were being made by interested organizations to fix technical issues at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), including the replacement of out-of-date air traffic control systems.
Herrera said that while the President’s apology is “appreciated,” it would be more appropriate if the government considers compensating affected air travelers, especially the OFWs owing to a system glitch on January 1, 2023, at NAIA.
“The government can devise a system to compensate the passengers for the inconvenience they suffered,” Herrera said.
“There is actually no amount of financial compensation that can fully make up for passengers who missed moments with their families that they can never get back— New Year’s Day, birthdays, weddings, and other special events.”