Shopping spree denied

October 08, 2018
Rodrigo R. Duterte

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte did not go to Hong Kong with “a bundle of cash” for a shopping-spree, Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go said yesterday.

Go was reacting to reports quoting a source who claimed that the President’s bodyguard was “carrying a bundle of cash” during his unannounced visit in Hong Kong over the weekend.

“Hindi totoo iyan. Walang may hawak na bundle-bundle na pera. Intriga lang iyan, so prove it. Wala hong katotohanan iyan,” Go told Palace reporters in a phone interview.

“Nagpahinga lang po. Hindi siya nag-shopping doon,” he added.

Duterte’s trusted aide insisted that the Hong Kong trip was made by the President to spend some quality time with his teenage daughter Kitty and partner Honeylet Avanceña.

It was also Go who confirmed that Duterte was in Hong Kong last Saturday night.

Reports earlier said that Duterte wore a face mask while inside the men’s section of a famous Japanese clothing line.

The Hong Kong visit came days after Duterte revealed that he spent an hour in a hospital for medical tests, three weeks after undergoing colonoscopy and endoscopy.

Malacañ@ang also insisted that Duterte went to Hong Kong only to rest and not seek medical consultation

Asked whether the President’s real reason for visiting Hong Kong was to see a Chinese specialist, communications chief Martin Andanar said: “Ay tsismis lang iyan. Nakita naman natin sa mga picture na nandoon, eh nagiikot-ikot si Presidente at tumitingin ng mga mabibiling dilaw na damit.”