Student who went viral for his “toyo-suka baon” meets Duterte


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MANILA, Philippines – The student who recently has gone viral after photos of him eating his “toyo at suka” with rice baon has met President Rodrigo Duterte and Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go.
Student who went viral for his “toyo-suka baon” meets Duterte

Gitler Yanez meets President Duterte
Gitler Yanez meets President Duterte | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Philippine Information Agency - Agusan Del Norte

Gitler Yanez, a 5th-grade student from San Mateo Annex Elementary School in Tungao, Butuan City captured the hearts of many after photos of him recently went viral. The photo showed the young boy hiding in the trees to eat his “baon” of rice with vinegar and soy sauce during lunch time.

Life has been hard for Gitler. The head of their family, Gil works as a baker for less than the minimum wage while his mother stays at home to take care of them. Gitler also has a sister in the 7th grade.

Gitler Yanez hid among the trees to eat his “baon” of rice with “toyo’t suka”
Gitler Yanez hid among the trees to eat his “baon” of rice with “toyo’t suka” | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Matalinong Matsing

It was Go who heard of the touching story of the boy who barely had enough for lunch. He searched for the young boy and arranged for him to meet no less than the President. Go said, “Inimbitahan po namin ni Pangulong Duterte.”

Go shared that the President was impressed with Gitler’s perseverance amidst poverty and promised to help his family. Gitler’s family was promised with a new house, financial assistance and stable jobs for his parents.

Go said, “Natuwa naman po ako na nangako po ang ating Pangulo na pagawan na kahit maliit na bahay at bibigyan po ng trabaho na stable ‘yung kaniyang tatay at sa ngayon ay bibigyan ng financial assistance ng ating Pangulo para man lang makatulong sa kanila. I-nassure n’ya na magkakaroon sila ng stable na hanap-buhay.”

The Special Assistant also admitted that he gave two cellphones for Gitler. Go said, “Ako naman nagbigay ako ng dalawang simpleng cell phone para kahit papano matuwa ‘yung dalawang bata na magkapatid.”

Go said that the President and his office are always willing to extend their help to those in need. Go said, “Bukas ang aming tanggapan sa abot po ng aming makakaya po ay tutulong at tutulong lang po kami. Anytime. Bukas po ang aming tanggapan.”

President Rodrigo Duterte was in Butuan City and also visited PNP Hospital Region XIII last September 29.

— Sally, The Summit Express


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