DAVAO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte may be tough as hell, but like any human being, he has a soft spot — he is afraid of ghosts.
It is precisely this fear of spirits roaming the earth — and roaming Malacañang — that Duterte has said that he will not live in the presidential palace in Manila. Instead, he says he will commute back and forth to Davao City which he intends to make the new seat of government.
In an exclusive interview with The Adobo Chronicles, the mayor said that Malacañang is worse than a haunted house. He added: “Think of all the dead presidents that have lived therein. How can I perform my presidential duties when I’m constantly being watched by these spirits?”
Duterte says he is planning to auction off the presidential palace to the highest bidder, adding that it would make for a great museum and tourist attraction like San Jose’s (California) Winchester Mystery House and Baguio City’s Laperal (White) House.
It is also rumored that Duterte is considering auctioning off Baguio’s Mansion House, the summer residence of the Philippine president.