President Rodrigo Duterte skips the commemorative events of Bonifacio Day in the city of Caloocan. Instead, he is expected to visit the troops in Mindanao.
Published at 11:45 a.m., November 30, 2017
Updated at 11:53 a.m., November 30, 2017
PH HEROES. President Rodrigo Duterte examines photos of soldiers killed in Marawi during a commemorative event in November. Stock Photo of Malacañang
MANILA, Philippines – As he did last year, President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to visit a conflict zone in Mindanao on November 30, Bonifacio's day, as he omitted formal ceremonies for the chance.
Dignify honoring a commitment in Mindanao to visit a "troubled" area there, according to presidential spokesman Harry Roque.
Roque did not disclose the exact location for security reasons.
Duterte chose to spend the holidays in his region of origin instead of accepting an invitation to conduct rites to commemorate the 154th anniversary of the birth of Andrés Bonifacio in the city of Caloocan, where the Bonifacio Monument is located.
Instead, he was represented at the event by Secretary of Defense Delfin Lorenzana. Vice President Leni Robredo was also at the event to honor the father of the Philippine revolution.
Last year, Duterte skipped crowing ceremonies in favor of visiting military troops near an active battle zone in Mindanao.
He spent his vacation in a town less than 10 kilometers from the town of Butig, Lanao del Sur, where the soldiers launched offensives against the terrorist group Maute. – Rappler.com