DAVAO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – It’s a one hour and forty five-minute flight from Manila to Davao City. Manila is where the Philippine presidential palace is located, and Davao is where presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte lives.
Duterte likes to sleep in his own bed, so if he is elected president in the May elections, the Davao City mayor says he plans to go home to Davao City every day. He has no plans of staying in Malacanang, the presidential palace.
Now, before you say that Duterte’s plan is a crazy idea, think again.
With Metro Manila’s daily traffic gridlock, it can take up to four hours to commute from one part of the metropolis to another. So a daily commute from Manila to Davao doesn’t sound so bad.
Duterte added that his daily commute will not cost the government a single centavo. He says he would borrow the private jet of his friend, Davao religious leader Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, to spare the government the expected expense.
That’s assuming, of course, that the pastor will also pay for the fuel, and that the jet has room for the presidential security.