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‘Di na kaya ni lolo! Duterte says long-haul flights will kill him

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Perhaps unlike his predecessors, President Rodrigo Duterte hates traveling overseas– especially if the flight will be long.

In a speech before newly elected barangay chiefs of CALABARZON Thursday (June 14), Duterte said he’s no longer as excited to travel abroad as he once was.

“Simply at my age cannot manage a long haul, 13 hours, 16 hours, mamamatay ako. Kaya ayaw ko na. And to think that I was flying — lumilipad na po ako noong bata pa ako,” he said in Laguna.

Duterte said he dislikes flying if he will be in the air for more than four hours.

“Maski anong klaseng tulog gawain mo ‘yan sa itaas. Pagdating mo sa baba, bagsak ka talaga. Either because of jetlag or simply because the sleep that you will get up there,” he said.

Duterte said that he would not travel overseas if his job does not require it.

Earlier this month, the President revealed that he threw up on the plane en route to Manila from his official visit to South Korea.