In 1976, there was only one trip to Barrio Barahan in Mindoro. Being the only trip for the day, the jeepney was understandably filled with passengers up to the top. Fr. Fred Mislang, SVD related that while negotiating a rough stretch, a man with his son in a tow, waived his hands to indicate his intention to ride the already over-loaded vehicle.
The driver obliged but told the man, “Tsong, pwede bang wag nang isama ang bata’t wala ng lugar?” (Sir, could you leave your child behind. There’s no more space). So the man told his son to stay behind, but then the son wanted to come along by all means. When the jeep moved on, the child ran after them. His father kept yelling at him to stay behind, “Maiwan ka na,” but the child kept on running, crying and shouting to us, “Sama ako, itay, sama ako.”
Finally the Father relented. He requested the driver to stop, went down and picked his son up and carried him with one hand while he hung on to the jeepney with the other. (The Word in Other Words 2001, March 8)
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