Vice President Leni Robredo led the celebration of the Philippines’ 119th Independence Day at Luneta Monday (June 12) after President Rodrigo Duterte skipped the occasion.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella introduced Duterte’s absence forward of the ceremonies scheduled at eight a.m.
It would have been the primary Independence Day celebration he’ll lead as President.
Instead, Robredo was the very best official current at the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony at the Rizal monument.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano attended as Duterte’s consultant.
Other authorities officers current at the occasion have been Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, National Historical Commission of the Philippined chair Rene Escalante and Manila mayor Joseph Estrada.
Cayetano informed reporters that Duterte was “puyat” (lacks sleep) and wishes time to relaxation since he had a “very long night.”
On Sunday night time (June 11), Duterte condoled with the households of the Philippine Marines killed in clashes with terrorists in Marawi City in easy arrival ceremonies at Villamor Airbase in Pasay City.