Marcos Jnr facing criticism for Singapore F1 trip as Philippines reels from recent typhoon
- The Kilusang Mayo Uno labour movement said trip was an insult to workers grappling with hyperinflation and low wages and victims of a powerful typhoon
- Critics are demanding more details from the government about the secret trip, including if public funds and resources were used
Over the weekend, reports circulated on social media about Marcos Jnr’s unannounced trip to Singapore. Marcos Jnr’s press secretary did not issue a confirmation until after a Singaporean official posted pictures of Marcos Jnr in the city state on Facebook.
Singaporean Minister for Manpower Tan See Leng named Marcos Jnr among the foreign dignitaries he had met “to affirm our bilateral economic relationships and strengthen collaborations in energy cooperation as well as exchange views on manpower policies on the sidelines of the race.”
Critics hit the secrecy that shrouded the president’s trip and demanded more details from the government about the trip, including if public funds and resources were used.
“We assert that the Singapore F1 weekend getaway was insensitive, unnecessary and irresponsible given the crisis that the nation is in,” Renato Reyes of the left-wing Bayan political alliance said in a statement. “Only the utterly callous and shamelessly entitled would not get this point.”
A Philippine official said Marcos Jnr, his wife and two sons left Manila on Friday on a military plane for an overnight stay in Singapore to watch the Grand Prix races, adding it was his third trip to Singapore since winning the presidential election in May. The official, who had knowledge of the trip, spoke on condition of anonymity because of a lack of authority to discuss the issue publicly.
The Kilusang Mayo Uno labour movement said the trip was an insult to workers grappling with hyperinflation and low wages and victims of a powerful typhoon which left at least 12 people dead and a trail of devastation in northern provinces a week ago. Thousands remained displaced following the onslaught, the government’s disaster response agency said.
Marcos Jnr, the son of a dictator who was ousted by an army-backed “People Power” pro-democracy uprising in 1986, took office in June following a landslide electoral victory.