No VIP treatment for Duterte at airport

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REGULAR PASSENGER President Rodrigo Duterte goes through regular security screening at Terminal 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Thursday night. Duterte was mobbed by adoring passengers as he checked in for a commercial flight to Davao City, his hometown. MALACAÑANG PHOTO

REGULAR PASSENGER President Rodrigo Duterte goes through regular security screening at Terminal 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Thursday night. Duterte was mobbed by adoring passengers as he checked in for a commercial flight to Davao City, his hometown. MALACAÑANG PHOTO

There was no VIP treatment when President Rodrigo Duterte went through regular security procedures at the Manila airport as he flew home, via a commercial flight, to Davao City late Thursday.

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Just like regular passengers, Duterte passed through the X-ray and metal scanners at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2, photos released by the Presidential Communications office showed.

The President was also seen greeting passengers as he walked to the boarding gate accompanied by his security detail.

Duterte took a premium economy seat onboard Philippine Airlines Flight PR 1825, which departed Manila past 10 p.m. This was not the first time a Philippine President flew commercial, but for domestic routes, this was unheard of.

Duterte laid down a policy of no special treatment for himself and his Cabinet upon taking over the presidency last June 30.

“We should not be treated differently from the other suffering Filipino passengers,” he told Cabinet secretaries in Malacañang.

The President is expected to attend the Hari Raya festival marking the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City Friday evening.
There was no “tanim-bala” [bullet-planting scheme] either.

On Thursday, airport authorities announced that individuals found in possession of ammunition would no longer be arrested, to end the nefarious scheme that made a dent on the popularity of the previous Aquino administration.

Duterte brushed aside the reported terror threat by self-proclaimed followers of the Islamic State in Davao City, which was disclosed by his son Paolo, the acting city mayor, on Thursday.

“You don’t have to worry, you have your Vice President,” Duterte said in a response to a question from the government-run People’s Television Network.

“That is just a, that’s the story going around that they’re [terror groups]going to raise funds. The Armed Forces will not take it sitting down. The Philippine National Police, even if I’m gone, they will not allow these animals to have their day,” he added.

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  1. This is admirable to duterte but with due respect this is not a good practice. He is the president and is constantly have threats to his life. This will also make a difficult job for his security staff. Him and VP lobredo should stop taking public transportation if they want to serve longer. It only take one suicide bomber or assassin to get the job done. If I’m a passenger to one of their flights or bus I would change my plane or bus. I don’t want to ride with them for my safety. This is way out of line and stupid for them travel like this.

    • You are correct Anton, President Duterte and VP Robredo should stop taking public transportation and should also think of the safety of the passengers with them as it will take only one person, a suicide bomber to blow up the commercial plane or bus. Sir Pres. Rody, during the campaign, Kris Aquino used the presidential jet plane, why not use it for your safety and the other passengers. We vote for you Pres. Rody to serve us for SIX YEARS SO TAKE CARE OF YOUR SAFETY.
      Tama si VP Robredo na kailangan ka ng atin bansa, PRESIDENT RODY ROA DUTERTE, Sir.