Public to see ‘missing’ Duterte again

Salvador Panelo

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte will be making public appearances this week to solicit votes for his candidates as the campaign season enters the homestretch.

On Monday, Duterte’s spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President is scheduled to attend campaign rallies in Bohol and Davao City, where the administration coalition Hugpong ng Pagbabago led by his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte will hold its miting de avance on Thursday.

The President is expected to grace the HNP rally. He will also attend the final campaign stop of his PDP-Laban party on Saturday.

Duterte has not been seen in public events since April 28 when he led the opening ceremony of the 2019 Palarong Pambansa. The public got an idea of what Duterte had been doing when he sent Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat last Saturday a photo of him watching “Django Unchained” on Netflix at his Davao home.

He returned to Manila on Sunday to visit the wake of former House Speaker Prospero Nograles.

Panelo said Duterte decided to stay home to finish a lot of paperwork following his official trip to China late last month.

“You must remember that the President in the Beijing trip had a very punishing schedule. In fact, he had to miss one event because he had a migraine attack and after that he had to attend to several meetings and then when he arrived in Davao immediately there was this Palarong Pambansa again,” he said.

“The only reason why pinakita niya iyong picture na watching siya at nagbabasa ng diyaryo at the same time, eh para ma-ease your concern na may sakit siya. Ibig sabihin, okay ako. Iyon lang ang reason doon.”

The Palace official added: “He is working, he worked at home. Haven’t you worked at home?”

Panelo, meanwhile, underscored the importance of electing allies of the President to Congress in order to shepherd his legislative agenda including federalism.