Pres. Duterte plays Santa Claus in public hospitals, hospices in Metro Manila

Photo file / Malacanang Photo

Manila, Philippines – Far from the prying eyes of the media, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque disclosed on Tuesday that President Rodrigo Duterte visited some public hospitals and hospices in Metro Manila.

According to Roque, the President made the visits last Monday to extend financial assistance to these institutions that are primarily serving abandoned children.

Roque also said that the President opted not to publicly announce these activities as it were part of his yearly Christmas tradition when he was still a mayor of Davao City.

When he was still a mayor of Davao, President Duterte would visit the cancer-stricken children and would personally hand them his gifts, like a Santa Claus.

The Presidential Spokesman confirmed that the President went to visit Mary Johnston Hospital in Tondo, also the Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Sta. Cruz, and the Hospicio de San Jose near Malancanang Palace.

Roque added that Mr. Duterte is set to make unannounced visits in other places as well, but the Spokesman said that these plans will be “confidential”.

“I guess ayaw lang niya mapulaan for doing what he has traditionally done as mayor in the month of December. There are more visits and now I know, it is unannounced,” Roque said.

In his first year in the office, the President visited the Southern Philippines Medical Center and House of Hope located in his hometown.

Mr. Duterte would give gifts to these children, play with them, pose for some selfies, talk to the staff who take care of the patients, and he would even carry babies.

This latest unannounced activity of the President is not to be surprised of, as it has always been a part of him – to make these children happy even at their darkest hour.

The man has a soft spot for the cancer-stricken children.

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