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President Duterte’s Last Days in Office: A Diary

President Duterte’s Last Days in Office: A Diary


President Rodrigo Duterte steps down from office and becomes “Citizen Digong” on June 30, 2022, the day Ferdinand Marcos Jr. officially succeeds him in Malacañang.

In the run-up to June 30, the outgoing president has been making public appearances, adhering to earlier commitments while also preparing to step away from the punishing schedules and workload in the last six years.

Rappler reporter Dwight de Leon chronicles Duterte’s activities as he makes the most out of his last days in the Palace. – Rappler.com


May 30: Last Cabinet meeting

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 54th Cabinet meeting at the Malacañan Palace on May 30, 2022. KING RODRIGUEZ/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte oversaw the last Cabinet meeting of his administration, in which his officials expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve the country.  

“I heard him repeatedly say, ‘I didn’t make a mistake in my choice of Cabinet officials,’” Acting Cabinet Secretary Melvin Matibag said the following day.

May 30: ‘Almost done’ packing up his things


President Rodrigo Duterte is ready to vacate Malacañang and go home, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said, as quoted by Inquirer.

“Two or three months ago, he started sending his things home,” Medialdea told reporters. “All of those would be sent to Davao.”

In February, Duterte said he was readying to vacate the Palace, as he longed for retirement.