In a survey carried out by the newspaper Folha de São Paulo was It was found that the current Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, took his wife and children, as well as relatives of other authorities, on at least 20 official flights carried out with FAB (Brazilian Air Force) aircraft.
THE Newspaper Records of 68 flights from the Ministry of Health arrived between March 25 and August 8, with Queiroga taking office on March 23. The displacements of Queiroga and his relatives were used to fulfill official schedules. THE sheet had access to the data through the Access to Information Law.
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About the case, the Ministry of Health stopped to say, only, that “the minister is free to fill the vacancies in the aircraft”.
In addition to Queiroga’s relatives, Simone Queiroga, their children, lawyer Marcelo Antônio Cartaxo Filho, student Antônio Cristóvão Araújo and physician Daniela Araújo, relatives of politicians from the governing base, also used the aircraft maintained with public money.
Bolsonaro team on FAB planes
Adriana de Souza Leão Coelho, wife of senator Fernando Bezerra (MDB-PE), traveled on a flight from the Ministry of Health from Petrolina (PE) to the capital, Recife, along with her husband. Senator Fernando Bezerra is the leader of the Bolsonaro government.
Doctor Sarita Pessoa also used the FAB aircraft to go from Brasília to João Pessoa. She is the wife of Gilson Machado, Minister of Tourism. The was also for Queiroga’s schedule.
In a statement, the Ministry of Tourism said that the presence of the minister’s wife on the flight “is in agreement” with a decree that regulates the use of aircraft by authorities. Senator Bezerra’s advisors, however, did not comment.
The primer that no one fulfills
Elected with the speech of being against corruption, shortly before taking office, President Jair Bolsonaro distributed a booklet with ethical norms and procedures. Regarding flights, the recommendation was that: only the minister and the team accompanying him on the commitment could use the aircraft.
However, the norm was never fulfilled neither by Bolsonaro nor by his Government team.
The president of Guinea-Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embaló, for example, came to Brazil in August 2021, for an official visit on a Brazilian Air Force plane maintained with tax money paid by the Brazilian population.
Edition: Vivian Virissimo