She was welcomed by a group of hill-tribe people who shouted “PM Soo Soo” as she arrived at the Chiang Rai airport. There was no sign of protest by whistle-blowing protesters.
She was scheduled to call meeting with local officials on matters related to the economic development of the upper part of the northern region this afternoon.
Asked by reporters whether she will return to Bangkok to acknowledge malfeasance in office charge to be filed by the National Anti-Corruption Commission tomorrow, she refused to answer but said she would discuss with her working team of advisors first.
But there was high possibility she will not return to Bangkok to face the charge as she is on a two-day inspection visit from today. Tomorrow she will be in Chiang Mai.
The NACC chairman Vicha Mahakhun warned earlier that if the caretaker prime minister does not show up to acknowledge the malfeasance charge, she would lose the chance to have the full copy of details of the charges that would be beneficial to her in defending her innocence.