Duterte wants to pay respects to Robredo’s late mother but has work: Palace

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte would like to visit the wake of Vice President Leni Robredo’s mother but has a lot of work to do, his spokesman said Wednesday.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said he would instead represent Duterte at the wake of Ma. Salvacion Gerona in Naga City, Camarines Sur.

“He wants to go pero ang daming trabaho kasi (but he has a lot of work to do). Ako na lang siguro muna (I’ll be the one going there). I’ll be representing him,” Panelo told reporters in Malacañang. 

The country’s top two leaders are on the opposite sides of the political fence.

Gerona died Saturday at the age of 83. Robredo did not specify her mother’s ailment but said last month that her condition “turned for the worse” but later improved.

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