Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin on Tuesday claimed it was not necessary to reveal how President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s Singapore trip was funded as he performed presidential duties while there.

“I am sure if that was the trip of the president, you don’t need to be too particular about where the funds were sourced…He was still performing his job as president when he was abroad although that was not an official state visit,” Bersamin told reporters in Malacañang.

Marcos Jr. drew flak for the Singapore trip as he went with family members using a government plane to watch the Grand Prix while the country was facing an economic crisis.

But Bersamin said the president met with important people during the event.

“He met there with many people who were very relevant to our business activities or the running of our government here. Whether it was a fully paid trip or not is irrelevant,” he said.

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

Asked why the Palace was late to reveal the president’s Singapore trip, Bersamin said it was to protect the chief executive.

“Baka mamaya abangan siya sa Singapore…There are so many things that you cannot publish beforehand,” Bersamin said. John Ezekiel J. Hirro