During his four-day overseas trip, President Rodrigo Duterte paid an unannounced visit to a Jollibee outlet in Hong Kong where he granted an OFW’s wish to go back in the Philippines.
Duterte gave 44-year-old household worker Alma Pardillo a round trip ticket, granting her wish to return to the Philippines to see and check on her children. Aside from this, the President has promised assistance for Pardillo’s son who is suffering from a lung ailment.
Duterte met Pardillo during a meal stop at a Jollibee branch in Whampoa, Hung Hom, before going to the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in the Kow Loon District where he would meet with 2,000 Filipinos.
The President was accompanied by his partner Honeylet Avanceña, their daughter Veronica, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, grandson Stingray, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and his wife Taguig City Mayor Laarni Cayetano.
The Palace said that it was a tearful moment, as Pardillo became emotional upon meeting the first family.
“During her conversation with the President, Pardillo shared that she badly wants to visit her family in the Philippines to personally check the condition of her son who is suffering from a serious lung ailment,” Malacanang said in a statement.
“President Duterte immediately granted Pardillo’s wish for round trip tickets. The OFW said she was allowed by her employer to have a two-week vacation,” the Palace added.
Among Pardillo’s wish was to celebrate the graduation of her two children–one who obtained a business administration degree last month, and the other one to finish an accounting technology course by the end of April.
According to the Palace, Duterte personally placed their orders at the counter, and willingly granted selfie requests while waiting for their meals. The President and his family also received a warm welcome from the people inside and outside the well-known Pinoy fast food chain.
“Before leaving, the President greeted the Filipinos waiting outside and told them, ‘Okay na tayo. Okay na ang bayan,’” Malacanang said.
Duterte went to Hong Kong after participating in the Boao Forum for Asia 2018 held in Hainan, China. In less than a year, the President has visited Filipinos living and working in Hong Kong twice, with the first time during the World Economic Forum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in May.