MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – President-elect Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has announced several austerity and simplicity measures that will mark his administration, including flying back and forth to Davao City instead of living in the presidential palace in Manila, as well as scrapping the expensive and elaborate presidential inauguration.
Duterte’s latest announcement has angered the wives of senators and congressmen, as well as female legislators.
Each year, during the president’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), a Hollywood-type red carpet ceremony is held at the Batasang Pambansa, the congress building in Quezon City. The ladies all look forward to this once-a-year spectacle to show off their expensive and designer (well, for some — home-made and non-designer) gowns.
Duterte wants nothing of the red carpets when he delivers his SONA. In fact, he said that he, himself, will come in his trademark red and black checkered, shortsleeved polo shirt.
“Change is coming,” the mayor said.