Chop­per pi­lot, not Dino, to blame for unau­tho­rized Ul­tra land­ing – Mala­cañang

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MANILA – As far as Mala­cañang is con­cerned, Pres­i­den al As­sis­tant for the Visayas Michael Dino is not to blame for his chop­per land­ing at the Ul­tra Philip­pine Sports Com­plex. It was done with­out per­mis­sion from au­thori es and dis­turbed a youth sports event.

Pres­i­den al Spokesman Sal­vador Panelo said it’s the pi­lot’s fault and not Dino’s as the pres­i­den al as­sis­tant was merely a pas­sen­ger who sup­pos­edly had no say about the cir­cum­stances of the land­ing.

“It’s the fault of the pi­lot, not the pas­sen­ger,” he said yes­ter­day dur­ing a Palace news brief­ing.

Ear­lier that day, Rap­pler re­ported that Dino’s chop­per landed in the mid­dle of a race track in­side Ul­tra even with­out get­ting clear­ance from of­fi­cials of the sports com­plex. Philip­pine Sports Com­mis­sion Chair­man Butch Ramirez even said the chop­per land­ing was “in­ap­pro­pri­ate” since it en­dan­gered the lives of the youth ath­letes, coaches, and par­ents at the sports event.

But for Panelo, only the pi­lot had the re­spon­si­bil­ity to ob­tain clear­ance from Ul­tra of­fi­cials, not Dino.

But was Dino to­tally clue­less about the plan to land in Ul­tra? His own chief of staff, Jonji Gon­za­les, had said Dino was there to pick up per­sons en route to an event in Batan­gas City. This means that, at the very least, Dino knew that the chop­per would be land­ing in Ul­tra.

The pi­lot, who was op­er­at­ing what ap­pears to be a pri­vate chop­per, also would have taken or­ders on where to land and pick up pas­sen­gers from some­one higher up, specif­i­cally from who­ever rented the chop­per in the first place.

Dino, as the VIP pas­sen­ger of the chop­per, would have known about such or­ders, if he didn’t give them him­self.

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