MANILA, Philippines – The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) group called for the government to make public who paid for President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s flight. in Singapore to watch the Formula 1 (F1) Grand Prix race.
The criticism of Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes Jr. after Malacañang’s new executive secretary, Lucas Bersamin, asserted that it is “irrelevant” who paid for Marcos’ trip to Singapore.
“The President’s activities, when funded by public funds, require proper disclosure. Since when have transparency and accountability become irrelevant? They are public officials, they are not the monarchy,” ani Reyes.
He then pointed out that Marcos was also accompanied by his family members, some of whom were also government officials.
“How much did they spend? Where did they stay? How many paid guests? Is the spending prudent considering the government’s financial situation? All this deserves an answer from the government,” asked Reyes.
If you recall, the President was accompanied by First Lady Louise Araneta-Marcos, her daughter, Ilocos Norte 1st District Rep. Sandro Marcos, and his cousin, House Speaker Martin Romualdez, who is accompanied by his wife, Tingog Rep. Yedda Romualdez. The whole group was spotted at the exclusive F1 Paddock Club.
“They want to make the Singapore weekend getaway part of the President’s official duties and not a luxury vacation, but they refuse to reveal how public funds were spent. Is this the new normal under the Marcos 2.0 regime? To call transparency and accountability irrelevant?,” Reyes insisted. RNA
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