PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte visited on Monday night the grave of his parents at the Roman Catholic Public Cemetery in his hometown Davao City to mark the seventh death anniversary of his mother.
Photos from his long-time aide, former Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go, showed Duterte lighting candles for his departed.
Duterte arrived at the grave around 11:30 p.m. after meeting with the families of soldiers killed in the Jolo blasts and in an encounter in Patikul last February 2, Go said.
The President, who was nursing a slight fever last weekend, offered prayers to his mother as he lighted candles at her tomb in Davao late Monday night.
Soledad, a teacher and civic leader, passed away in 2012.
Duterte holds his mother in high regard, often citing her sacrifices to take care of their family in his public speeches.
The President previously said he was saddened his mother was not able to see him rise to the presidency in 2016.
The President’s private visit to the cemetery comes amid renewed speculations about his health.
Malacañang earlier explained the President skipped a public engagement in Leyte last Friday since he was not feeling well.
The 73-year-old leader later appeared on a Facebook video to dispel rumors of his death. “For those who believe in the news that I passed away, then I request of you, please pray for the eternal repose of my soul,” Duterte said in the post.