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Nasaan ang Pangulo? Duterte holds secret meetings in Cebu


As typhoon Rosita battered several provinces in Luzon, President Duterte was high and dry in Cebu province.

As part of a new policy to hide some engagements from the public, the President made an unannounced visit to Cebu last Tuesday for a number of private engagements, including a meeting with local government officials allied with the administration party.

Prior to attending a private meeting with Cebu-based political allies, he held a late-night assembly with several Cabinet members based on a photo shared by Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar online. He also administered the oath of office of new Customs commissioner Rey Guerrero and TESDA chief Isidro Lapeña during his clandestine Cebu trip.

“The hardworking President still going past 11 PM here in Cebu,” Andanar captioned the snap of the President with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr.

Malacañang recently implemented a new policy of keeping some of the President’s activities under wraps. No explanation has been given about hiding the President’s daily schedule.

It previously released information to the Palace-based media the President’s daily schedule including private and public events.

The only schedule released by the PCOO-Media Relations office for the week was the President’s distribution of land reform certificates to beneficiaries in Cagayan de Oro on Wednesday afternoon.

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