President-elect Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte’s campaign spokesperson and member of this transition team Peter Laviña says that Duterte’s planned daily flight to Davao City is both risky and impractical.
“Yun ang sanang wishlist ng ating darating na pangulo, pero alam natin sa praktika ay hindi ito puwede. Very risky yung daily air travel at hindi papayag ang kanyang security at PSG (Presidential Security Group),” Laviña said.
(That (daily flight to Davao City) is the supposed wish list of our incoming president, but we know in practice that this cannot be. Daily air travel is very risky. His security and the PSG would not allow it.)
Peter Laviña said that the mayor will eventually get used to living in Manila. An alternative to his desire is for him to fly to Davao weekly.
“Gustuhin man ng ating pangulo na makauwi araw-araw pero malamang hindi ito puwedeng gawin, so posibleng bawat linggo -- on a weekly basis. Baka sa umpisa lang 'yan, pero later on, masasanay din siya sa buhay dito sa Manila,” Laviña said.
(We may want our president to be able to go home daily, but for sure this cannot be done. If possible, he may go home on a weekly basis. It will be (hard) like that in the beginning, but later on, he will get used to the life here in Manila.)
Laviña said that Duterte’s statement that he does not want to live in the palace because there are ghosts is “bukambibig lang.”
The spokesman also assured Duterte’s presence on his inauguration.
“Malamang [na mag-barong tagalog] kasi pormal na okasyon yan,” he said.
(He might wear a barong tagalog because the inauguration is a formal occasion.)
“Kaya yung sabi niyang five minutes lang, another one of the jokes na naman yun. Malamang abutin yan [inauguration speech] ng mga kalahating oras,” he added.
(When he said that his speech will just take five (5) minutes, it is one of his jokes. His speech might take thirty (30) minutes.)