Filipinos and the media could have to await greater than per week longer to see President Rodrigo Duterte again within the public eye.
There are rumors that Duterte’s downtime will final till Eid al-Fitr, or the tip of Ramadan, which falls on June 25 this yr.
The President reportedly wants to relaxation longer, although the rationale for it’s speculative.
Malacañang is tight lipped in regards to the trigger behind Duterte’s absence in public, with Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella merely saying the President simply wants to relaxation since his schedule has been “brutal” since declaring martial legislation in Mindanao on May 23.
“Let’s just put it this way: That he’s resting for some time,” Abella advised reporters at a press briefing Thursday (June 15).
Pressed on why Duterte wants to relaxation, Abella mentioned the President is “tired. Just tired.”
Abella was likewise evasive when requested when Duterte will probably be seen in public once more.
“Well, you know, he’s taking some time off so I cannot really give you the definite date. But he’s just taking some time off to rejuvenate,” he mentioned.
Duterte has not been seen in public since June 12, when he skipped the 119th Independence Day rites at Luneta.
His final public look was on June 11, when he visited wounded troopers in Cagayan de Oro City then flew to Villamor Airbase in Pasay City to honor navy males slain within the ongoing battle in Marawi City.
Section 12, Article VII of the 1987 Constitution states that, “In case of serious illness of the President, the public shall be informed of the state of his health.”
Abella mentioned he was unaware whether or not Duterte has seen a physician since June 12.
“I am not privy to those matters. But I am sure he has checked with his own experts,” he mentioned.