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Palace defends ‘sleepy’ Duterte at PMA graduation: 2 oras lang tulog niya!

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Malacañang has come to President Rodrigo Duterte’s defense amid criticism of his “sleepy” look at the graduation rites of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Mabalasik Class of 2019 Sunday (May 26).

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told GMA News reporter Joseph Morong Monday (May 27) that Duterte only had two hours of sleep before attending the event at Fort Del Pilar in Baguio City.

“He is a night person. He usually sleeps at 6 am, he had dto wake up at 8:30 am for the PMA graduation rites so he had only two hours sleep. The event at 9am was part of his sleeping time,” Panelo said of Duterte.

The Palace official admitted that Duterte “struggled to be awake” during the graduation ceremonies so he delegated the task of handing out the graduating cadets’ diplomas to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

“He reserved his energy for the other ceremonial acts he had too perform for the graduation rites. By the time he delivered his speech, he was already in his usual alert, impassioned and assertive self,” Panelo said.

Duterte broke tradition by sitting out the distribution of diplomas to the graduating cadets, as was the practice of past Presidents as the military’s Commander in Chief.

As proof Duterte immediately bounced back from his sleepiness, Panelo cited the jokes he cracked in his speech to the cadets.

“He made some mischievous remarks to make people laugh,” the Palace official said.

Duterte joked about rape once again when he signed a pardon for second class, third class and fourth class cadets. He remarked that the cadets’ offenses included rape.

“The number one is for rape. Putang ina. Ang number two is drugs with rape with robbery. Para sa Muntinlupa ‘to? Pangatlo, multiple rape of the women of Baguio, the beautiful ones,” he said.

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