IN PHOTOS: Duterte's simple Christmas Eve celebration
MANILA, Philippines – It was his first Christmas as the nation’s chief executive and President Rodrigo Duterte chose to spend it with friends and family in a simple celebration in his hometown, Davao City.
After visiting young cancer patients in the city, Duterte spent Christmas Eve at home with his common-law wife Honeylet Avanceña, daughter Veronica Duterte, and friends, including Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Jay Velasco and family.
Calling the celebration "intimate yet fun," Velasco, in a post on Facebook, said they started at 8 in the evening and ended at 2am of December 25, Christmas Day.
Here are some photos of the President during noche buena:
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