WATCH: Here’s why President Duterte is absent from Independence Day rites in Luneta


Netizens questioned why President Rodrigo Duterte was absent at the flag-raising ceremony in Luneta marking the 119th anniversary of the Philippine Independence Day on Monday morning.
Some even criticized the President and called him ‘no respect’ for not attending an important event which Vice President Leni Robredo attended.
Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, who represented the President during the flag-raising ceremony in Luneta explained that Duterte is very tired and slept late night after attending wakes of soldiers who killed in action in Marawi City.
He also talked to the families of the slain soldiers and comforted them.
One day before the Independence Day, President Rodrigo Duterte talked to the WIA soldiers and police officers at Camp Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City.
After that the President traveled from Mindanao to Villamor Airbase in Pasay City to attend the arrival honors for killed-in-action-officers and enlisted personnel of the Philippine Marine Corps at Villamor airbase.


He also visited the Philippine Marine Headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City to visit the wake of the slain members of Marine and talked to their families.


 
“You know that the president has been working 24/7, meeting the troops, meeting the commanders and then late last night visiting the wounded and mga namatay,” Cayetano said.


“So that’s why this morning he did not feel that well. Nothing to worry about,” he added. “But it’s better for him to rest this morning.”
Cayetano said that because of the busy schedule, Duterte only getting two-three hours sleep everyday, a routine that already not recommended for old people like the President.
“I think precisely that’s why he’s resting or hindi sya nagpilit na magising kasi napakahirap ng two o three oras lang tulog mo,” he said.
The DFA secretary didn’t know the current location of the President, but it’s sure that Duterte is trying to get a plenty of sleep for another long hours of work as President.

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