MANILA, Aug 22 (Mabuhay) â€“ To avoid future air accidents involving top leaders of government, House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez said the administration should already upgrade the Presidential aircraft wing of the Philippine Air Force.
He said MalacaÃ±ang should purchase 4 new planes that can be used by the President and other leaders of government, including Cabinet secretaries.
He said the present fleet consists of old, dilapidated aircraft and helicopters. Most are even older than the President, he said.
Suarez expressed his concern for the safety of the President and his official family amid the death of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.
He pointed out that many times the President and his official family simply borrows an aircraft from businessmen friends if they need to travel.
In this kind of situation, the safety of the countryâ€™s leaders is compromised because the borrowed aircraft may not have been fully checked and secured by government security.
He proposed a budget of $65 million that the Department of National Defense can allot to buy four new planes for the President and his official family. (MNS)