President Rodrigo Duterte is reported to have a simple and modest birthday celebration with his family at their home in Davao City, instead of throwing a lavish party.
The President, who turns 78 on March 28, would be happy to receive prayers and well-wishes on his birthday, Special Assistant to the President Christopher ‘Bong’ Go shared.
“Mayor Rody will be celebrating his birthday at home, with his family. He has never been known to throw lavish birthday parties even when he was mayor of Davao City,” Go said in a statement. “Prayers from his well-wishers during his birthday would surely make him very happy,” he added.
Having a simple celebration has been Duterte’s routine for his birthdays. In previous years, the President has opted to stay at home and spend his birthday with his family and loved ones in Davao City.
On the eve of President’s 73rd birthday, some government officials have already expressed their well wishes for Duterte.
Go wished the President to have a “long and healthy life” to be able to continually serve the nation and to have more days to be with the people that he loves.
“To my adviser, my mentor and my boss, isang maligayang kaarawan po sa inyo!” Go greeted.
Likewise, Presidential Communicarions Operations Secretary Martin Andanar also wished more blessing to the President which he called as “the man for the people.”
“A grateful people celebrate his seventy-third year and pray that he be blessed for more,” Andanar said in a statement titled “Blessed be the man.” “We pray that our President be blessed with more years, strong health and the wisdom of fine age,” Andanar said.
“Our Mayor-President,Rodrigo Roa Duterte, has set himself to be the man for people, before whom his oath was pledged, and to whom he vowed to make peace the bedrock platform for the country’s progress. His words arise from the jugular: passionate, intense, committed and focused. But first, he declares that a war must be waged, against the evils of dangerous drugs, corrupt practices, terrorism in all its forms, and the plague of abuse from the profligate rich. And the people rally to his battle cry,” he added.