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‘Di na televised! Duterte holds another ‘tête-à-tête’ but mum on details

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For the second time this week, President Rodrigo Duterte held a “tête-à-tête” with someone in Malacañang– but he’s no longer as chatty as he was on Tuesday (September 11).

In a press conference Thursday (September 13) at Camp Aguinaldo, Duterte refused to disclose details about his meeting with United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim.

“No, I cannot discuss that until I get his permission. It’s a diplomatic tête-à-tête,” he said after holding a command conference for Typhoon Ompong at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Operations Center.

Duterte said that while he does not want to “break the rules” on the confidentiality of his meeting with Kim, the reason for their talk was “nothing earthshaking.”

Malacañang earlier used the term tête-à-tête” to describe the one-on-one interview between Duterte and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo.

Interestingly, “tête-à-tête” means “a private conversation between two people.”

Duterte’s chat with Panelo took place after the Palace announced that the “address to the nation” that the President wanted to do will no longer push through.