While other candidates fly, Loren goes by land

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Sen. Loren Legarda: Fear of flying. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Sen. Loren Legarda, who exudes a tough persona, has one weakness—a fear of flying.

The reelectionist senator, who has consistently topped the preference surveys, said this has resulted in her covering less ground than her rivals since she has to make long land trips between campaign stops.

“I am slower than the other candidates not because of inaction but because (I would rather not use) private planes and helicopters. I can only take commercial flights but even so the turbulence nearly kills me,” she said in Filipino in a news conference at the Liberal Party headquarters on Tuesday.

Legarda’s last flight was in 2010 for a campaign sortie to Sariaya, Quezon. She was then running for vice president under the Nacionalista Party.

She remembered leaving a sunny Manila and approaching Quezon province that was enjoying similar weather.

Suddenly, she recalled, she became bewildered when dark clouds quickly engulfed her helicopter as it neared Mt. Banahaw.

Scary chopper ride

“At first it was like something was sucking the chopper (parang hinihigop), then it was like the chopper was being pushed away (parang hinahampas). We had nowhere to land when suddenly a small pink chapel appeared in the middle of a rice field. I will never forget that the barangay’s name was Sto. Cristo,” she said.

A former journalist, Legarda, who is running this time with the administration Team PNoy coalition, said it took great effort to scare her or dissuade her from doing something.

But in the case of aircraft, she said that being in two near-crashes involving helicopters when she was running for vice president in 2004 could not easily be forgotten.

So what about her fear of private planes?

Legarda sheepishly mouthed “Jesse Robredo” in a later interview, referring to the late interior secretary who died in the crash of a small plane off Masbate on Aug. 18, 2012.

“So now I travel only by land,” she said.

Last week, Legarda endured a bumpy four-hour land trip from Buluan, Maguindanao, to Davao City.

Weeks before, fellow administration candidates hopped on helicopters for a ten-minute flight from Catanauan to Gumaca in Quezon province.

Legarda made the same trip by land in two hours.

“I was the first to speak in Catanauan and rode to Gumaca to catch the rally there. I was the final speaker at the second sortie,” she said.

Land travel may be a drag to some but Legarda noted that it has advantages.

“I see the countryside from a closer perspective and the travel brings me closer to the people. People are startled when I knock on their door asking to use their bathroom. Some even chastise me for not giving prior notice but the call of nature is something I cannot predict,” she said.

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  • mad_as_Hamlet

    * * * * * *

    Sometimes butterflies fly
    Sometimes butterflies walk
    But always when passing by
    They need must flip and sip and talk.

    • sowhatifimfilipino

      Nice.

  • LadyBalmaceda

    That’s okay po. Lahat naman tayo may fears naman and ano man gawin niyo po ay paborito pa din kayo ng bayan kaya number 1 kayo uli niyan ngayong May. Good luck!

  • NelsonBagatsing

    Loren Legarda still managed to go on campaign even though she has problem with flying, dedicated! that’s why she;s my favorite!

  • akoombulator

    tiba tiba ang mga helicopter owners fully booked lahat ng chopper sa pinas ngayong election

  • ClaudineBeretta

    nakakatuwa naman si loren legarda, patuloy pa din ang pangangampanya kahit takot sya sumakay ng eroplano, kaya madaming sumusuporta at paborito kayo mam loren!

  • JewelAgoncillo

    gusto ko talaga ang mga advocacy nyo Senator Legarda, gusto ko ang libreng healthcare at edukasyon para sa mahihirap, naniniwala akong maraming kayong matutulong kabataang pilipino,lalo na ang walang pangpabayad sa college.

  • CarlosAcantillado

    Sana maanalo si Loren Legarda , habang nasa termino sya marami na syang nasagawang batas na talaga namang nagtanggol sa karapatn ng kababaihan at kalikasan, kung manalo sya ngayanon sigurado akong mas marami pa ang magagagawa nyang batas na magpapabuti sa mamayang pilipino.

    • SelenaKatayama

      sangayon ako dito, kaya paborito ko si Loren Legarda, dahil masipag at may nagagawa sya para sa atin..

  • TinaCarunungan

    Im happy because loren legarda still find ways to reach out people and do campaign, yan ang simbolo ng isang masipag na pilipina!

    • RachelleDomingo

      oo naman, masipag yan si Senator Loren Legarda, kaya sya ang favorite ko! ! !

  • DanielMarquez

    I hope Loren Legarda wins, I’m sure she’ll do everything to make laws that will help and protect our rights, especially rights of women and environment.

    • KelvinViray

      im confident tlat Senator Legarda will win :) dapat naman talaga syang manalo at paboritio sya ng lahat ng pinoy

  • hu_yu

    maganda sa pangangampanya yung nag gwi gwiyomi , cguradong patok yun

  • virgoyap

    If in the future she will be the President how could she go by land if she will travel overseas?

  • boybakal

    While other candidates FLY, Loren goes by LAND…..

    Is Mar Roxas from Capiz, a candidate, sure he is not.
    This is the only place I know that there are aswang and manananggal.
    For sure, they have advantage.

  • JohnBernabe

    I’ll vote for you ma’am Loren,ikaw ang paborito kong public servant no matter what position you’re running i will vote for you.

  • StephenHalili

    kahit na may takot siya sa paglipad,kinakaya niya para lang magsilbi,nakakabilib talaga si sen loren

  • MarieUntalan

    She is my paborito among the senatoriables.Gudluck senator stay safe..

  • RogerLerma

    sana makarating din kayo dito sa amin sa libon albay

  • DingGalang

    KAHANGAHANGA PO KAYO SENADORA LEGARDA

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