A viral post showing presidential sister Kris Aquino alighting and running away from the government chopper made the rounds on social media. As the photos get viral heating up netizens, the Palace issued a statement, “Members of the President’s immediate are allowed to ride with him in official government vehicles,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. told media.
The viral photos were re-uploaded by “Peshmerga Abs” with the caption inciting fury among readers -that the choppers were used in a Liberal Party sortie. Kris has been seen actively campaigning for running mates Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo, for president and vice, respectively. In the pictures she was wearing black and yellow, administration's trademark color.
Originally these pictures were uploaded on Facebook by Municipality of Dalaguete, Cebu.
The Palace immediately responded on the issue.
Furthermore, there were clarifications that the President came with his sister to meet attend the inauguration of San Carlos Plant in Negros Occidental.
Two of choppers were decoys. Accordingly, the first family sat only on one of the four choppers as part of Presidential Security Group protocol.
In a statement, Bayan said, “From 4Ps to local projects, the budget is treated as the campaign kitty of the ruling party. All candidates should complain and protest the unfair advantage and dirty tactics employed by the LP.”