- Duterte skips Congress proclamation to fulfill his mayoral duties
- Congress proclaimed him and vice president-elect Leni Robredo on Monday
- Vice president-elect Leni Robredo attended proclamation with her three daughters
Instead of attending the Congress proclamation, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte chose to stay in Davao City and fulfill another working day as its mayor.
His executive assistant Bong Go said that Duterte is “doing his chores as mayor of Davao” during the Senate and House of Representative’s proclamation of the winners of the presidential and vice presidential race.
“There are still many documents for signature,” he said in a text message written in Filipino.
Duterte has been firm on not attending the proclamation on Monday, May 30; saying that he has not participated in such an event in his life.
“I’m not attending any proclamation. I’ve never attended any proclamation in my life. In all of my political aspirations, nanalo naman ako [I won],” he was quoted in an ABS-CBN story.
He was even cited in a Rappler story by Pia Ranada as saying that he regards the Congress proclamation as “corny.”
But during the ceremony, there had been a suspense moment wherein it was speculated that the President-elect would be joining his vice-president elect Leni Robredo who came with all her three daughters: Aica, Tricia and Jillian.
Marikina Representative Miro Quimbo said in a tweet it was reported that a helicopter was landing at the House of Representatives.
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said they thought Duterte was coming and that they wanted to give him “space” so they suspended the session for quite some time.
He later teased more; posting captioned with ”While waiting for…” But in the end, he finally tweeted that it was a false alarm.
A helicopter has been reported as about to land at the back of the session hall. Is Pres Digong coming?
— Miro Quimbo (@miroquimbo) May 30, 2016