Duterte skips 2 scheduled visits to earthquake victims in Davao del Sur

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – President Rodrigo Duterte missed two scheduled events in Davao del Sur on Friday, January 3, supposedly because he was unwell.

Aide-turned-senator Bong Go told reporters that Duterte was not feeling well thus his absence in Malalag and Padada in Davao del Sur, where he was scheduled to visit victims of the December 15 earthquake that hit the province.

Go and Duterte's son, Vice Mayor Sebastian "Baste" Duterte, stood in for the President during the scheduled events.

Duterte's original schedule for these visits was Thursday, January 2. But Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said it had to be postponed to Friday since Duterte was "not feeling well."

On Friday, Panelo told reporters Duterte would once again be unable to make it as he needed sleep after several events carried out over the last few days.

Go said Duterte decided to spend more hours resting in preparation for his attendance at the change of command ceremony of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on Saturday, January 4.

Duterte's absence is the latest in a list of activities he had to skip, some due to health reasons and others for vague reasons. (LIST: Duterte's skipped events, long absences) – Rappler.com 

Sofia Tomacruz

Sofia Tomacruz covers foreign affairs, the overseas Filipino workers, and elections. She also writes stories on the treatment of women and children. Follow her on Twitter @sofiatomacruz. Email her at sofia.tomacruz@rappler.com.