Marcos weekend getaway in Singapore is unnecessary, irresponsible says BAYAN

Multisectoral group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) slammed the Singapore trip of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. together with his family to watch the F1 Grand Prix on Sunday, October 2, while calling it unnecessary, insensitive, and irresponsible.

The Marcos trip drew flak online as it was held days after the onslaught of typhoon Karding that devastated most parts of Luzon.

“We are in the middle of an economic crisis where inflation will again reach record highs….. and millions of Filipinos are reeling from the effects of typhoon Karding. So why does the President think it’s okay to take a private jet to Singapore to watch the return of the F1 Grand Prix?” BAYAN Secretary General Renato Reyes Jr. upbraided.

They also questioned how much the Filipino taxpayers paid for the president’s Singapore getaway while also explicating that the presidency and a jet-setting lifestyle are incompatible.

“We are approaching the first 100 days in office of Marcos and it has been one party after another since he returned to Malacanang,” Reyes said.

Malacañang kept mum about the trip until Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles cited the Facebook post of Singapore Minister for Manpower See Leng that mentioned the president’s name, claiming that the trip was “productive.”

“Naging produktibo ang pagdalaw sa Singapore ni Pangulong Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr. Pinagpatibay niya ang mga pangunahing usapan sa huling state visit sa bayan na ito, at pinatuloy ang paghihikayat sa pag invest sa bayang Pilipinas,” she said.

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