Duterte skips Bonifacio Day ceremony
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – President Rodrigo Duterte canceled his scheduled appearance at the Bonifacio Day ceremony in Caloocan to held on the afternoon of Friday, November 30.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea represented Duterte at the 3 pm rites, which involved the laying of a wreath at the Andres Bonifacio Monument.
LOOK: Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea leads commemoration ceremony at Andres Bonifacio monument in Caloocan. President Duterte was supposed to attend. @rapplerdotcom RTVM screenshot pic.twitter.com/ekNbFou4Bw— Pia Ranada (@piaranada) November 30, 2018
That morning, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a message to reporters that Duterte "has to fly to Mindanao to attend to the problem of insurgency in Mindanao."
Panelo has not responded to reporters' queries on the specific insurgency incident that prompted the President's quick return to his home region.
It was not the first time for Duterte to skip such ceremonies. In 2017, he canceled his participation at the Philippine Independence Day rites in Rizal Park.
Malacañang had initially given no reason for his absence but then foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano eventually told reporters that Duterte had not been feeling well that morning. – Rappler.com