Saturday, July 20, 2019

Abella: Duterte will avoid ‘little noises’ in his first 100 days

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte will dedicate his first 100 days to work and might still shun media because he does not want to be interrupted by answering “little noises,” his spokesperson said on Monday.

“He wants to devote his first hundred days to work and he doesn’t want it hampered by having to answer little noises,” Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a press conference with Malacañang reporters.

Abella said that it was no secret that the President has not been entertaining questions from the media after being criticized over his remark on media killing.

Despite this, he assured that the Duterte administration will remain transparent with all the transactions it will undergo. Abella said he and other Palace officials will speak on the President's behalf.

“In his words, he abhors secrecy and he desires transparency. And that’s part of his working style, part of his values that all should be done in a very transparent manner,” he said. "The communications will continue (through the President's appointed officials."

Abella said that in his first days, the President is focused on addressing domestic issues. He added that foreign trip is not a priority of Duterte, as of now.

“We’re not sure about that but he did say that he would like to spend more time first in the Philippine, addressing domestic issues. So maybe foreign travel is really not priority on this day,” Abella said.

Abella also guaranteed that Duterte, whom he called a “man of action,” will fulfill his task as the country's leader.

“He is a man of action. You can expect him to show up when action is really needed,” he said. (Sunnex)
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