Friday, September 17, 2021

Editorial: Duterte in town, again

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has again made a surprise visit to Negros Occidental Thursday night.

This is the President’s second surprise visit to the province this year.

The first time was on February 22. He dropped by the province following his visit to the wake of slain overseas worker Joanna Demafelis in Sara, Iloilo. The President also visited the military troops in neighboring Dingle.

Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson confirmed the President and his entourage had dinner with the Yanson family in their house at Talisay City.

In his first visit, Duterte also had dinner with the Yanson family.

He was accompanied by Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go.

Duterte’s entourage arrived around 11 p.m. and left at 4 a.m. the next day for Davao.

The President was also invited to the ongoing Panaad sa Festival, but apparently, he didn’t show up.

According to the vice governor, they didn’t talk about politics, local or national, during the private time of the President in the province.

Lacson said Duterte assured the Negrenses that the proposed Negros-Panay Bridge which will connect the provinces in Western Visayas will push through.

The project is already part of the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program.

It has been the habit of the President to do surprise visits in incognito.

He’ll be back again.

In fact, he’ll be in the province next month for the groundbreaking ceremony of the housing program for the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

This time, it’s an official visit.


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