As reported below he had only a one-way ticket to South Africa to attend the funeral of Nelson Mandela!?
Hmmm, maybe wishful thinking for many fed up Filipinos too, hoping indeed it would be permanently one way 😉
Also allowing for his wife to attend, why are all the others also attending?
We wonder why Binay is going early – nearly a week before the funeral?
Chance for a short vacation/holiday too?
Most leaders wont attend until the day before at least?
What with all the attendants and ‘bag/luggage carriers’ going too, what is the total cost to the Filipino people?
MANILA (UPDATED) – Vice-President Jejomar Binay on Monday departed for South Africa to attend the wake and burial of former President and freedom fighter Nelson Mandela.
Binay is President Benigno Aquino’s official representative at the state burial of Mandela, who died a few days ago.
Binay said the death of Mandela is a great loss for peace and democracy.
“President Mandela will always be remembered for his advocacy to democracy,” he said.
Binay boarded a commercial flight of Cathay Pacific Airlines, which initially refused to allow him to check in due to his failure to present a return ticket, which is a requirement for all passengers bound for another country.
Binay said because of the requirement, he instructed his staff to immediately purchase a return ticket for submission to the airline and immigration.
He was with his wife, former Makati Mayor Elenita Binay, Binan Mayor Len Alonte, Eduardo Lacson and Margarita Lacson. – report by Raoul Esperas