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Flight cancellations leave Pinoys stranded in airport

A couple that was supposed to head back home to Cagayan de Oro on Tuesday is stuck in the airport after learning that their flight had been canceled the night before.

According to Manal Sugadol’s “Stand for Truth” report, Leady Lie Rose and her husband Remar booked a flight home after quarantine restrictions were loosened on June 1.

Prior to booking the flight, they had been stuck in Cavite due to the community quarantine.

“‘Yung pocket money namin, [ang] kasya lang pamasahe papunta dito kasi in-expect na makabiyahe na kami. Wala pala,” she said.

They learned that their flight had been canceled upon arriving at the airport on Monday but they only have P50 left.

“Naiyak na ako kagabi, tapos ‘yung pagkain akala namin may libre din, wala naman pala. Biscuit lang saka tubig, hindi naman kami mabubusog diyan... Naghanap kami ng mas mura,” Leady said.

Other passengers lamented the huge sums of money they spent just to comply with the required swab testing.

Gabriel Puzon and his wife Frances spent over P16,000 just to get themselves tested for COVID-19.

However, their flight was also canceled after the government reimposed the modified enhanced community quarantine over Metro Manila and neighboring areas.

“Ang mahirap kasi ‘yung uulitin mo uli ang test, uulitin mo uli ‘yung paglalakad ng documents. Hindi naman basta basta lang ang P16,000 makukuha,” Puzon said.

The couple both lost their jobs as an architect and flight attendant due to the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation said the government will send home stranded passengers for free once quarantine restrictions are eased.

“Wala naman silang babayaran kung government ang nag-mount no’ng flight nila papunta sa kanilang probinsya para makabalik sila doon o kung governent ang nag-arrange ng sea travel nila o land travel. Wala namang hinihingi na pamasahe so ‘yun ang tulong ng gobyerno,” Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddes Libiran said. —Julia Mari Ornedo/LDF, GMA News