Kris Aquino draws flak for flying to LP sortie using presidential chopper
(UPDATED) Malacañang defends the presidential sister: 'Members of the President's immediate family are allowed to ride with him in official government vehicles'

PRESIDENTIAL SISTER. Kris Aquino, President Benigno Aquino III's youngest sister, is flown to a Liberal Party sortie in Cebu on April 19 using a presidential chopper. Photo from Aviator Pinoy's Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Images of actress and host Kris Aquino alighting a presidential helicopter on her way to a Liberal Party (LP) sortie angered social media users.

The photos, which circulated online on Wednesday, April 20, also showed at least 3 other military choppers – described by Aviators Pinoy as “brand new Philippine Air Force Bell 412s from the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing” – at a landing area in Cebu.

Kris joined her older brother, President Benigno Aquino III, in events across Visayas on Tuesday, April 19 – from an inauguration of a solar power plant to LP campaign rallies.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL. Presidential sister Kris Aquino campaigns for Liberal Party bets Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo at the Secretary Serge Remonde Sports Complex in Argao, Cebu on April 19, 2016. Photo by Robert Viñas/Malacañang Photo Bureau

“The photos clearly have no other explanation but the brazen use of government machinery to further the campaign of Mar Roxas,” Kabataan Party-list Representative Terry Ridon said in a statement.

Twitter users criticized the administration and the ruling party for using government resources to fly the presidential sister to the campaign event.

But Malacañang defended the presidential sister, who recently hit the campaign trail to support administration standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II and his running mate Representative Leni Robredo.

“Members of the President’s immediate family are allowed to ride with him in official government vehicles,” explained Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.

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