Duterte in Hong Kong with family for a ‘weekend getaway’ — Bong Go

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FILE PHOTO | Courtesy of SAP Bong Go

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 16) — President Rodrigo Duterte is currently on a personal trip to Hong Kong with his common-law wife and youngest child.

This was confirmed to CNN Philippines by former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go after photos of Duterte were seen on Hong Kong media reports dated February 16.

Totoo po na pumunta ng Hong Kong si Pagulong Duterte na kasama ang long-time partner nya na si Ma’am Honeylet Avanceña at anak nila na si Kitty para sa isang personal na biyahe,” Go said in a message to CNN Philippines.

[Translation: It is true that President Duterte went to Hong Kong with his long-time partner Honeylet Avanceña and their daughter Kitty for a personal trip.]

Go added that the trip was at the request of the President’s youngest daughter.

Nagawa na ito nila noon kahit nung Mayor pa ng Davao City si PRRD. The weekend getaway is for rest and recreation,” Go said.

[Translation: They have been doing this ever since President Rodrigo Roa Duterte was Davao City Mayor.]

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told CNN Philippines it is also Avanceña's birthday.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea is currently the officer-in-charge for the day-to-day operations at the Office of the President.

Duterte and his family are expected to return to the Philippines tomorrow.