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Duterte blames Jordan trip for darker complexion: Nasa disyerto ako!

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President Rodrigo Duterte said his complexion became even darker after he visited Israel and Jordan last week.

Duterte told Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo Tuesday (September 12) that he was exposed to the sun when Jordan’s King Abdullah invited him to see a military exercise in the desert.

“Nasunog na naman ulit kasi nung sa disyerto. I was invited by King Abdullah of Jordan to witness an exercise doon sa disyerto and again I forgot to apply the — ipinadala ng asawa ko,” he said, referring to sunblock.

In jest, Duterte said he’s still handsome despite getting darker.

“Maitim na naman but hindi na bale basta gwapo ka lang okay na,” he said.

Communist Party of the Philippines Joma Sison earlier claimed that Duterte’s darker complexion was a result of his supposed kidney ailment.

The President, however, has said that he’s becoming darker because he does not use sunblock whenever he’s out.