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Korina Sanchez laments lack of outrage over Duterte’s 200-strong delegation to Japan: Kung iba ang Pangulo nagisa na!

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Television host Korina Sanchez is dismayed about the lack of collective outrage over President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to bring along around 200 government officials to his trip to Japan.

In her May 30 column for Pilipino Star Ngayon, the wife of defeated senatorial candidate Mar Roxas said having a large entourage for official travels seems to have become the norm under the Duterte administration.

“Sa mga nakaraang administrasyon, kapag ganito ka­rami ang sumasama sa Presidente sa kanyang mga opisyal na biyahe ay binabatikos kaagad nang husto. Kesyo walang delikadesa, gastos lang ng gobyerno. Pero ngayon, tila walang isyu,” she said.

Duterte is in Japan to attend an economic forum and meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Aside from bringing along 16 Cabinet Secretaries, Philippine Ambassador to Japan Jose Laurel V said the President’s official delegation also includes the Cabinet members’ staff and other government officials.

Laurel said he believes the trip was a “reward” to administration officials because of the success of the candidates endorsed by Duterte in the midterm polls.

Sanchez said it was in bad taste to bring along hundreds of government officials even if Nikkei, the economic forum’s sponsor, agreed to foot the bill.

“Kailangan bang bitbitin lahat? Hindi ba nakakahiya na karaniwang Pilipino ang ipinakita na naman kung saan bitbit ang buong barangay? Kahit ba sagot ng Nikkei ang sinumang sumama, dapat bang isama lahat?” she asked.

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