MANILA – The Learjet 60 aircraft that landed at the Davao International Airport last Saturday, just dropped two passengers from Singapore, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) spokesperson Eric Apolonio said Tuesday.
“The aircraft had a male and a female as passengers and left a few minutes after dropping them off, after seeking clearance from the CIQ (Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine),” Apolonio told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) in an interview.
He said the Learjet 60 that came to Davao is operated by a Singapore-based aircraft charter company.
There were rumors claiming President Rodrigo Duterte went to Singapore over the weekend after a medical jet reportedly took off from Davao City.
“It was not a medevac (medical evacuation) or air ambulance since there was no medical team inside it,” Apolonio said, noting that it was a chartered flight.
Malacañang has already belied the rumor.
In his late-night public address, Duterte said if he would want to leave, he would not keep it a secret and would not use government funds.
“I do not have to hide it. I am not stupid to use government funds. Malalaman ng tao yan (People will eventually find out),” he said. (PNA)