NAGA CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In the Philippines, the days of pomp and circumstance are numbered.
Filipinos have elected a president and a vice president who both refuse any public display of privilege and excessive life.
Previously, President-elect Rod Duterte had announced that instead of taking up residence in Malacañang, the presidential palace, he will be commuting back and forth from Manila to Davao City. He is also considering transferring the seat of government to his hometown in Mindanao.
Today, following the conclusion of the congressional election canvass which confirmed that she will become the next vice president, Leni Robredo announced that she is not going to live in the Coconut Palace, the official VP residence in Manila.
Instead, Robredo said that she will be commuting daily to her hometown of Naga City. She will be commuting by bus, like she always does.
The Coconut Palace was built during the administration of the late Ferdinand E. Marcos and was among the ostentatious infrastructure projects of then First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos.
Will Malacañang and the Coconut Palace be auctioned off soon on eBay?