Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana clarified that Vice President Leni Robredo did not use any military aircraft to allegedly go to Catanduanes, as was earlier reported based on SND’s earlier statement.
“I requested the Philippine Air Force to confirm through their flight manifest and they reported that there was no instance that Vice President Robredo boarded any military aircraft in going to Catanduanes,” Secretary Lorenzana said.
“However, there was a jibed mission using an Air Force “Huey” helicopter that brought relief goods from the Vice President from Legazpi City, Albay to Catanduanes last 03 November 2020,” the defense chief added.
Secretary Lorenzana said he has sent his apologies to the Vice President for making a comment based on an erroneous report submitted to him.
Two DND bureaus, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Office of Civil Defense, are at the forefront of the intensified post-‘Ulysses’ operations under the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), which Secretary Lorenzana chairs. DND