President Noynoy Aquino's sister, actress-host Kris has recently been getting flak from the public after photos of her using the presidential chopper for the Liberal Party campaigns made rounds online.
Netizens surmised that, based on the photos, Kris might have illegally utilized government property for partisan politics.
Some pointed out that her move might be giving some candidates undue advantage over their rivals.
The photos were apparently taken during a stopover at the Casay Airstrip in Cebu as part of the president's personal campaign for their bets in Visayas.
Presidential spokesperson Sonny Coloma explained that direct relatives are allowed to use the choppers as long as they are with the president, the Manila Bulletin reported.
"Members of the President's immediate family are allowed to ride with him in official government vehicles," Coloma said.