Sara Duterte Addresses Viral Helicopter Post

Vice President Sara Duterte on Thursday labeled allegations that she uses the presidential chopper for personal trips a "lie" after receiving criticism online.

The issue stemmed from Duterte's birthday greeting for President Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr. where she thanked him and the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing (PAW) "for ensuring that wherever I may be found in the country during the day, I am home in time to tuck my children to bed."

The post included a photo of the vice president and the presidential chopper.

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"I believe that a person who can conjure a lie from an appreciation post — that a helicopter is being used to go home every day, even giving in to the itch of maliciously suggesting that it is for personal use — should seriously reflect on why he had to lie," Duterte said.

"I think that if this person can recognize his anger, he will be able to overcome his bitter and spiteful self. Hopefully, he becomes a better version of himself — despite the cycle of hate that has enslaved him," she added.


Duterte's spokesperson Reynold Munsayac earlier denied allegations that the vice president flies to her hometown Davao City daily and noted that she only uses the 250th PAW for official functions.

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