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PH on remote control: Duterte, family go shopping in Hong Kong

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Surprise! President Duterte is out of the country, and the Filipinos were the last ones to know about it.

The President, who recently underwent a medical checkup, made an unannounced trip to Hong Kong for a weekend vacation with his family.

Duterte flew Saturday to Hong Kong with his long-time partner Honeylet Avanceña and daughter Kitty, according to his assistant Christopher Go. The First Family was expected to stay overnight abroad.

The Palace confirmation was made only after the First Family already left the country and photos circulated online that they were spotted in the former British colony.

“Bago maunahan pa ng mga Fakenews kailangan din magpahinga ng Pangulo,” Go wrote on Facebook, sharing photos of the happy family shopping and dining in Hong Kong.

One of the photos showed the President, in black shirt and pants, trying on new shoes at Camper store.

Malacañang did not announce the President’s planned visit to Hong Kong this weekend. His next official public engagement is scheduled in Malacañang this Tuesday.

The First Family reportedly arrived in Hong Kong early Saturday morning. They were reportedly staying at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong hotel.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque was apparently kept in the dark about the President’s trip. Roque said Saturday afternoon that Duterte was in Davao City.

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