Airline loses luggage of Duterte delegation in Israel
By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
Some members of President Rodrigo Duterte’s delegation for his nine-day state visit in Israel and Jordan have suffered lost luggage during a stopover in Istanbul, Turkey.
In a Facebook post, Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato said Turkish Airlines Flight TK784 took off from İstanbul Atatürk Havalimanı International Airport for Tel Aviv “without the luggage of most if not all its passengers.”
“After arriving from Istanbul, we were told our luggage did not arrive with our flight,” Cato said in his post.
Cato added in his Facebook post that “it’s not just the luggage of those who took the flight from Manila” with him “that was not there” and the airline company told them that Flight TK784 flew to Tel Aviv without the baggage of majority of its passengers including several members of Duterte’s delegation.
A reliable source told Politiko that aside from Cato, the politikos in the flight included Quezon City Rep. Vincent “Bingbong” Crisologo, Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, and former Ilocos Sur Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson.
The source said apart from these politikos, some members of the Malacañang Press Corps (MPC) also suffered the same fate with other Flight TK784 passengers on delayed luggage.
President Duterte arrived at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv around 8:30 p.m. (Jerusalem time) of September 2 for a four-day official visit. The chief executive’s four-day makes him the first sitting Filipino president to visit the Jewish state.