- Malacañang on Tuesday announced Duterte may ride a jet ski while in the Philippine Rise
- However, SAP Bong Go clarified later that the President will no longer push through with the plan
- Instead, Go said he and Baste Duterte will take the President’s place instead
MANILA, Philippines – There will be no jet ski ride for President Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippine Rise (formerly Benham Rise), Special Assistant to the President Bong Go clarified on Tuesday.
Go made the clarification hours after Malacañang Palace announced that the President is planning to ride a jet ski while in the Philippine Rise for his scheduled two-day visit.
This after around 7 jet skis were spotted aboard the BRP Davao del Sur which the President will use for his visit to the resource-rich waters north of Luzon to commemorate the first year anniversary of the renaming of Benham Rise to Philippine Rise.
The Palace official added he and the presidential son Sebastian “Baste” Duterte will instead take Duterte’s place, but offered no explanation why the President suddenly scrapped his plan.
Duterte’s visit will also serve as a send-off for around 50 Filipino scientists who will conduct the country’s first-ever scientific research and exploration of the underwater plateau.
During the presidential campaign for the 2016 election, Duterte promised to ride a jet ski to the Spratly’s group of island and even plant a Philippine flag on one of the features.
He would later back out of his plan and said it was just a hyperbole meant to underscore his resolve to defend the Philippine territory in the West Philippine Sea. Besides, the President added, he does not want to offend China, which is currently occupying majority of the disputed islands, with such a reckless action.