Duterte takes commercial flights for official travels

President Rodrigo Duterte decided to take commercial flights for his official travels with leaner delegation intended to lessen cost for the government and save taxpayers’ money.

For his three-day visit to South Korea, the President and his delegation took Philippine Airlines PR466 commercial flight. The President is expected to take another commercial flight when he returns from his visit to Seoul.

Duterte’s trip to South Korea yielded USD4.9-billion worth of investments for the Philippines, including a USD1-billion loan agreement with an interest of only 0.15 percent and payable in 40 years.

When Duterte attended the 32nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Singapore, he took an eight-seater private plane instead of a chartered flight to save money.

In photo: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte strikes his signature pose with Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, former Senator Manuel Villar, and Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol while on board the Philippine Airlines commercial flight PR466 bound for the Republic of Korea where he is scheduled for a three-day official visit on early Sunday morning, June 3, 2018. (King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo)

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