Photo from Tan See Len/ Facebook

After being mum for days, Malacanang on Monday confirmed President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. flew to Singapore to watch the Grand Prix but claimed the trip was also to meet with other world leaders.

In a statement, Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said the president had a “productive” Singapore visit.

“Naging produktibo ang pagdalaw sa Singapore ni Pangulong Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr.
Pinagpatibay niya ang mga pangunahing usapan sa huling state visit sa bayan na ito, at pinatuloy ang paghihikayat sa pag invest sa bayang Pilipinas,” Cruz-Angeles said.

It took the Palace days before finally addressing whether Marcos Jr. attended the Grand Prix.

Cruz-Angeles included in her update a screenshot of a Facebook post by Singapore’s Minister of Manpower Dr. Tan See Leng, who said he met with various leaders during the event to talk about their economic relationships and views on manpower policies.

The 2022 Singapore Grand Prix, held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, was the first to be held with an audience in Asia since the Covid-19 pandemic.

Red Bull Racing’s Sergio Perez won the race.

Marcos Jr. has made four foreign trips since assuming the presidency, two of which were to Singapore.

He was criticized for the recent Singapore trip as he went with family members using a government plane, while the country was facing an economic crisis. John Ezekiel J. Hirro