Written by Mart Shalom E. Bernales
After being invisible from the public eye for quite a while, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Thursday, “there’s nothing the public can do” on President Duterte’s decision not to make any public appearance, claiming it was his style.
“Wala po kayong magagawa.” Roque stated.
(There’s nothing you can do.)
“Yun ang paniniwala ng Presidente. Lalo siyang ginigipit, lalo siyang lalaban, So hayaan na po natin ‘yun. Istilo ni Presidente ‘yun. Kani-kaniyang istilo tayo,” he added, comparing the actions of the President to a child who is more petulant when pushed over and over.
(That’s the President’s belief. The more he is criticized, the more he will fight. Let it be. That’s the President’s style. We all have different styles.)
The actions of the President were labeled to be “intentional” due to the constant asking of the critics about his whereabouts.
The absence of Duterte from the public sparked rumors that the President is ill. Furthermore, Duterte was criticized for being absent while the cases of Covid-19 surge.
Malacanang denied the reports that the President is unwell, tagging them as fake news. The Palace assured the public that despite not being seen publicly, the President continues and is fully capable of performing his duties as the country’s highest-ranking official, especially in combatting the deadly virus.
In an effort to prove that the President is actually fit, a long-time aide to the President and current senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go posted pictures and a video of the President going fo a late-night jog and walk inside the Palace’s residences.
Bong Go also asked the public that instead of bashing Pres. Duterte, they should support him instead of criticizing, for it is hard and sad to be the President in these trying times.
Meanwhile, Sec. Harry Roque told reporters that the President is set to deliver a televised public address on Thursday night to discuss the numerous issues he and Russian President Vladimir Putin tackled in a teleconference on Tuesday.
“Mamaya po, magkakaroon ng talk to the people ang Pangulo,” Roque stated.
(Later, the President will have a talk to the people)
This is the second time the President is publicly seen this week, following his appearance on Monday, wherein he also addressed the public.
Before this week, the President’s last public appearance was on March 29, where he witnessed the arrival of 500,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotech.