BORED in Malacañang, President Rodrigo Duterte said he would be spending 10 days in his hometown Davao City next week.
The President, who has spent a month in office, returned to Davao City Thursday night and is expected to be back in Manila on Sunday, after which he will spend 10 more days in his hometown.
“I want to go home. There’s a pressing problem. But I’ll be back on Sunday. Then I’d be spending the rest of the 10 days in Davao,” Duterte said in a speech at Camp Guillermo Nakar in Lucena City, Quezon Thursday night.
In Manila, Duterte stays at Bahay Pangarap (renamed Bahay Pagbabago), his official residence across the Pasig River from Malacañang.
The President said he was “very lonely” having to work long hours in Malacañang.
“It’s useless working all night until three in the morning. Then I ride a barge. Then I work, then sleep, then they wake me up because I have a flight,” he said in Filipino.
“If I stay the whole time in Malacañang, you will bury a President next year. I’ll die of boredom,” he added.
Duterte said he was limiting his engagements within Metro Manila so as not to add to the traffic problem.
“I do not want to create traffic … I do not want to impose that on our people. So I am not available for any [engagement],” he said.
The President said he often uses the presidential chopper to avoid traffic, warning the military to be careful with their shooting practice as they might accidentally hit him.