By Genalyn Kabiling
President Rodrigo Duterte is doing his part to save energy and cut costs at his official residence.
The President recently revealed his efforts to reduce energy consumption while living at the Palace, including turning off lights and appliances when not in use.
“Ako lang rin ang Presidente na umiikot sa compound, nagsasara ng ilaw [I’m the only President who goes around the compound turning off lights],” the former Davao City mayor said during a recent visit to Masbate.
“Kasi nung pagdating ko, susmaryosep ang aircon, kurog ako. Hindi ko — bakit kayo mag-aircon kayo ng gabi? Iyong ano, nakailaw lahat [Because when I arrived home, my goodness the aircon was turned on and I was trembling. Why would you use aircon at night? All lights were even left on],” he added.
Duterte, known for his simple lifestyle, also tried to downplay the perks of living at the Palace.
The 73-year-old president, who goes home to Davao City every weekend, said his living room was indeed huge to accommodate official meetings but his bedroom was small and even has a faulty toilet.
“Sa Malacañan ah para ‘yun sa mga — para lang sa mga multo ‘yun [Malacañang is only for ghosts],” he said in jest .
Apart from power-saving measures, Duterte also prefers simple food served at the Palace.
“Magkain kayo sa akin? Oo. Isang sabaw, wala pay laman, gulay lang ang y*** Sabaw, isang ulam, isang kanin. Maniwala kayo’t hindi. Pati ‘yung mga ambassador diyan, sabihin ko, kung kumain dito, ‘yan lang,” he said.
[You want to eat at home? Ok. One soup, no meat just vegetables. One soup, one viand, one rice. Believe it or not, I served the same food to visiting ambassadors who want to eat here],” he said.