MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) –
As far as Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Jose Angel Honrado is concerned, all the unfortunate things that have happened at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) can be blamed on “bad luck.”
Past “unfortunate” events include collapsed ceilings, flooding during a heavy rainstorm, airconditioning units inoperable, the laglag bala extortion scheme, disappearing luggage, brownouts, etc.
Well, Honrado is happy to announce that yet another incident at NAIA — this time in Terminal 1 — just proves his point. He feels vindicated.
A glass partition at the pre-departure lounge near Gate 10 shattered at around 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, just after passengers had passed. No one was injured.
Renz Caldejon of the airport’s operations division, who is in charge of the aerobridges, claimed that two airplanes at gates nine and 11 started their engines at the same time, causing the glass partition to vibrate and shatter.
At around 10 a.m. yesterday, sales clerks from the Duty Free Shop’s perfume section got a fright when part of the ceiling, made of gypsum board, collapsed.
A black plastic bag, left behind by workers when the ceiling was being renovated, fell through the hole.
According to a sales clerk, water dripping from the air conditioning system weakened the ceiling and caused it to collapse.
At least, we now know that Honrado was not lying about the “bad luck.”