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Duterte might have to look for new close-in security aide

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By Genalyn Kabiling

President Duterte might have to look for a new close-in security aide following the wedding of his lovely police aide over the weekend.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit (FES10) at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on March 6, 2018. (ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

The President has congratulated the newlyweds — Police Senior Inspector Sofia Loren Deliu and Police Inspector Abdul Bassar Abdurajak — and wished them a long marriage filled with love and respect.

The couple tied the knot at the Palacio del Sur in Zamboanga City today in the presence of family, friends and some government officials. The President was one the principal wedding sponsors.

“Best wishes on this wonderful journey as you start building your new lives together,” the President said during the wedding reception. “May your marriage last for a thousand years,” Duterte said.

Deliu, a tourism management graduate from St. Louis University in Baguio City, joined the President’s security team in 2016. She was a former Miss Philippines-Earth candidate.

The President has also allowed Sofia to leave the Presidential Security Group (PSG) and choose an assignment closer to her husband so they can soon start their family.

“As I’ve told you before, you can choose your assignment where you are nearest to the bridegroom to be closer together,” Duterte said.

“We can always make arrangements na magkasama kayo, magkalapit lang para naman (so you will be together, close to each other so) you start your marriage with a companionship that is constant and frequent, para mabuntis din agad (so you’ll be pregnant soon),” he added, drawing laughter and applause from the crowd.

The President also gave the newlyweds tips for a happy union that include respect and understanding one another.

“Marriage is not only about exchanging the sacred vows, it is also about committing a life filled with eternal love and eternal happiness despite all hardships and difficulties,” he said.

Duterte said they should take time to adapt and know more about one another and accept each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

“Respect and understand your differences and shortcomings and how the same kind of passion and determination, hard work as a peace officer in keeping your relationship stronger,” he said.

“Continue to grow as a couple and nurture one another as you bring out the best in each other,” he added.

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