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EDITORIAL - Was the F1 trip really necessary?

The Freeman
EDITORIAL - Was the F1 trip really necessary?

It has been confirmed, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. left the country last Saturday to watch the F1 Grand Prix in Singapore.

The announcement from the press secretary was made after he had returned. Either she didn’t know where the president went or perhaps she found it in the best interest of the administration to say nothing about this trip until it was over.

Let’s get some things out of the way. First, anyone can do whatever he or she wants during his or her down time or to unwind. That’s something provided for by our freedom of choice. Second, when it comes to taste there is no disputing. Some people are fans of certain sporting events like races while others prefer other kinds of activities. We cannot be blamed for the things we have come to enjoy or appreciate.

With that said, there were better things President Marcos could have done instead of hie off to Singapore. There were other places he could have been better seen aside from being in the company of millionaires in the F1 Paddock Club.

His time would have been better spent visiting areas still suffering from the onslaught of super typhoon Karding in different parts of Luzon. He would have been better seen coordinating relief efforts for areas still trying to get back on its feet.

Sure, he has all the men and women who can easily do that for him. But his presence would have meant more to people in those areas; those suffering and those helping alleviate that suffering.

This small side trip can also be seen as an unnecessary frivolity at this time.

It also remains to be determined if public funds were spent for this trip --a trip that the Palace described as “productive” although we have trouble seeing how-- but we will give President Marcos the benefit of the doubt that he won’t dare use public funds to have a good time while the government insists we have little fiscal room to maneuver where money is concerned.

This development is sure to raise more than eyebrows. But it was something that could have been avoided.

Next time, before embarking on what can be seen as something wasteful, President Marcos should ask himself “is this really necessary?”

 

FERDINAND MARCOS JR.

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