A trip to the mall should not typically be front page news, even if it is of the President shopping. However, given the resurgence of rumors about President Duterte’s health, a simple ‘malling’ trip can actually be proof enough to set the story straight.
SAP Bong Go shared two photosets on Facebook late Saturday evening showing a pleasant trip to a mall in Hong Kong that he took with the first family. President Duterte, his daughter Kitty, and wife Honeylet are seen smiling in photos with the ‘Selfie King’ Go. The group tour around a mall in Hong Kong, taking snaps in the usual spots – a restaurant, a clothing store, strolling around and window shopping.
Go posted the photos not just as a nice keepsake of what seems to have been a pleasant evening, but also to dispel rumors going around about the President being either hospitalized or bedridden. The photos show a smiling President Duterte going about his day and enjoying time with his family.
President Duterte even took a moment to show his signature sense of humor and browse through racks of exclusively yellow clothing, a jab at the political division in the Philippines and the color associated with his most vocal critics.