President Rodrigo Duterte, throughout a press convention in Butuan City final June 17, tried to evade the upcoming follow-up questions from the media about his two day ‘secret trip’ throughout his five-day absence within the public eye.
He even talked about his rival through the Presidential election, Mar Roxas to his morbid joke to the press.
In an interview, President Duterte admitted that in his trip, he travelled secretly to a city like a ‘private citizen’ however he didn’t revealed the precise location to the media.
“The truth is I went out of town to — for a visit somewhere else, I cannot divulge it. I had to go there incognito. ‘Yun ang totoo. Confidential but I said I travelled like a private citizen para lang maka-abot doon sa gusto kong puntahan,” President Duterte advised the media.
To keep away from the media to get extra from him, Duterte got here up with a story by which he talked about his rival, former DILG secretary Mar Roxas, as a punchline.
“Or another reason, pumunta ako ng punenarya kasi namatay yung anak ng kaibigan ko. Pagdating ko, sige siya iyak tapos sabi ko i—arrange na lang niyo ‘yung funeral services, nagpaiwan ako sa morgue. nakatulog ako. Totoo. Dala ko isang escort lang eh,” he mentioned.
Duterte mentioned that the funeral parlor workers mistakenly positioned him to the casket whereas sleeping and when he awakened, he noticed Mar Roxas laughing whereas seeing him contained in the casket and screaming.
“Pag gising ko, I was horrified. Akala ko nasa MRI ako. It’s a very closed chamber. Hindi ka maka — hindi ka makakamot ng ano kasi — akala ko sa MRI ako. Then little did I realize na yung taga punenarya, nagkamali. Ako yung nilagay sa kabaong. Paggising ko, may salamin sa harap ko tapos naka-ganon si [Mar] Roxas, tumawtawa. Sigaw ako ng Sigaw. Yan ang gusto ninyo?” he added.
President Duterte gave a clue to the media about his secret journey and he mentioned that his secret journey lasted for 2 days and the place the place he traveled is positioned in Mindanao.