- President Rodrigo Duterte flew to Davao City in a commercial flight with Philippine Airlines
- He was seen seated on a premium economy class
- He is expected to attend the Hari Raya Festival in Davao City
President Rodrigo Duterte shuns VIP treatment despite security risk when he flew back to Davao in a commercial flight on Thursday night, July 7.
The president took a commercial flight with flag carrier, Philippines Airlines Flight PR1825 at 9 P.M. and arrived in Davao City at around 11 P.M., as per an article published by Rappler.
In a video posted by the Presidential Communications on its Facebook page, Duterte was shown undergoing what regular passengers experience at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). He went through the check-in, x-ray, and metal scanners as part of the airport’s security protocols.
Duterte was seen greeting passengers and shaking hands with the public at the NAIA Terminal 2 on his way to the plane.
He was also found seated in premium economy class, but with a couple of empty rows around him for his protection.
A few days before the president flew to Davao City, a supposed threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria was reported to his son and acting Davao City Mayor Paolo Duterte, but this did not deter the tough-talking president.
The president is expected to attend the Hari Raya Festival at the SM Convention in Davao City and meet with Muslin leaders from all over Mindanao.
In previous interviews and during his first Cabinet meeting, the president said he plans to take commercial flights to and from his hometown, Davao City. Duterte said he will not use the usual mode of transportation provided for the Philippine president such as private jets and choppers.
Earlier during the campaign period, one of Duterte’s good friends, religious group leader Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, offered to lend him his private jet for the president’s Davao City flights —an offer which Duterte has yet to accept.