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Duterte to spend Holy Week in Davao

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By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Duterte will be spending the Holy Week in his hometown of Davao City, Malacañang said.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at the South Cotabato Sports Complex in Koronadal City on March 26, 2019. (RICHARD MADELO / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at the South Cotabato Sports Complex in Koronadal City on March 26, 2019. (RICHARD MADELO / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in an interview over DZMM that Duterte always spends such occasions with his family.

“Eh palagi naman siyang nasa pamilya niya basta mga holidays. Birthdays, holidays, palagi siyang nasa kaniyang bahay at kasama niya ang kaniyang pamilya (He always spends birthdays and holidays at his house with his family),” he said.

Duterte has been known to spend holidays and other special days quietly with his family in Davao City. For his birthday on March 28 this year, the President, again, spent his special day with his grandchildren.

Malacañang has declared Maundy Thursday (April 18), Good Friday (April 19) as regular holidays; while Black Saturday (April 20) was declared as a special non-working day.

The Palace has noted the Holy Week as one of the most cherished traditions of the predominantly Catholic people in the country.

In 2017, despite his distaste for long flights, Duterte spent the Holy Week making official visits to three Muslim countries: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar.

Early this year, Duterte said that he is ready to get crucified this coming Holy Week if Catholic bishops can disprove allegations of corruption and abuse contained in a book.

“Kung masagot nila ito, at sabihin nila may isang bagay dito na mali, abangan ninyo ang Holy Week. Dito ako magpalansang sa krus sa Bulacan pero huwag naman matagal (If they respond and say there is one thing in the book that is wrong, wait for Holy Week. I’m prepared to be nailed to a cross in Bulacan but not for a long time),” he said.

“Siguro mga 30 minutos ka naka … kaya ko naman ‘yan. Walang yabang (Maybe I can do it for 30 minutes. I can do it. No boasting),” he added.

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