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First of all, mathematics wasn’t my favorite subject in school. Therefore, today’s post, “Math-Challenged Guimaras Pump Boat Operator Delays Departure” reveals someone else besides me has a problem with figures.

However, in contrast to a local banca boat operator, I can count up to 30.

Because of the Iloilo Strait sea tragedy, the Coast Guard at Guimaras’ Jordan Wharf is strictly monitoring each vessel’s manifest, or log of passengers. The number of tickets sold has to match the actual number of people on board.

While traveling to Iloilo City the other day with my lovely asawa, our trip was delayed at the Jordan Wharf. A crew member was passing around the manifest asking if everyone had signed it. The crew member said 30 people were supposed to be on board but only 28 names were on the ship’s log. The man continued to look around and count the passengers.

This went on for several minutes.

Math-Challenged Guimaras Pump Boat Operator Delays Departure

If you can’t even sign your name on the log, you shouldn’t even be on the pump boat!” I announced. I simply was joining in the general chatter of other passengers, none of them too happy for the delay.

Finally, a Coast Guard member entered our pump boat. He looked around and started counting. The Coast Guard official came up with a count of 28 passengers.

There was a collective groan.

Our vessel soon took off for Iloilo City. I won’t name the pump boat but will give my readers a visual clue:

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