Netizens questioned why President Rodrigo Duterte was absent on the flag-raising ceremony in Luneta marking the 119th anniversary of the Philippine Independence Day on Monday morning.
Some even criticized the President and known as him ‘no respect’ for not attending an necessary occasion which Vice President Leni Robredo attended.
Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, who represented the President through the flag-raising ceremony in Luneta defined that Duterte is very drained and slept late evening after attending wakes of troopers who killed in motion in Marawi City.
He additionally talked to the households of the slain troopers and comforted them.
One day earlier than the Independence Day, President Rodrigo Duterte talked to the WIA troopers and police officers at Camp Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City.
After that the President traveled from Mindanao to Villamor Airbase in Pasay City to attend the arrival honors for killed-in-action-officers and enlisted personnel of the Philippine Marine Corps at Villamor airbase.
He additionally visited the Philippine Marine Headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City to go to the wake of the slain members of Marine and talked to their households.
“You know that the president has been working 24/7, meeting the troops, meeting the commanders and then late last night visiting the wounded and mga namatay (and those who died),” Cayetano mentioned.
“So that’s why this morning he did not feel that well. Nothing to worry about,” he added. “But it’s better for him to rest this morning.”
Cayetano mentioned that due to the busy schedule, Duterte solely getting two-three hours sleep on a regular basis, a routine that already not advisable for previous individuals just like the President.
“I think precisely that’s why he’s resting or hindi sya nagpilit na magising kasi napakahirap ng two o three oras lang tulog mo,” he mentioned.
The DFA secretary didn’t know the present location of the President, but it surely’s certain that Duterte is attempting to get a loads of sleep for one more lengthy hours of labor as President.