Duterte to divide weekdays in Manila, Davao

MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte won’t be taking daily flights as he will spend three days of the week in Manila and three days in Davao, according to his son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte.

Duterte to divide weekdays in Manila, Davao
President Duterte will be spending three days of the week in Manila, and three days in Davao. PHOTO CREDIT: CNN Philippines
"He will spend 3 days in Manila and 3 days in Davao City," the younger Duterte told the media on Friday, July 1.

When asked where his father will spend the 7th day, Duterte’s son said the 71-year-old politician might spend it on church.

During a press conference in May, the maverick leader from Mindanao said he intends to take daily flights to his hometown, Davao City so he can sleep on his comfort zone, his own bed. However, Duterte emphasized that this will be temporary and will be done during the “first few days” of his presidency.

His campaign spokesperson Peter Laviña said Duterte’s wish to fly to his hometown everyday is impractical. He added that the President Security Group would not allow the President knowing the risks it entails.

“Gustuhin man ng ating pangulo na makauwi araw-araw pero malamang hindi ito puwedeng gawin, so posibleng bawat linggo -- on a weekly basis. Baka sa umpisa lang 'yan, pero later on, masasanay din siya sa buhay dito sa Manila,” Laviña explained.

(The president wishes to go home every day but this is not likely possible. It’s possible on a weekly basis. Maybe that will apply on the beginning of his term, but later on, he’ll get used to life in Manila.)

On Wednesday, June 29, Duterte’s execute aide Bong Go told the media that the President would “definitely” hold office in Malacañang Palace since it is the seat of power.

However, Go added that Duterte may hold office at "Panacañang" or the "Malacañang of the South” located in the district of Panacan in Davao.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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