So, what does the most powerful man in the Philippines want for his birthday? Simple, really.
President Rodrigo Duterte took a day off from work, and spent his 72nd birthday with his family and loved ones. For his special day, the president got time-off from facing the media, a quiet reprieve from answering the accusations of his detractors, and a day in the company of his family.
After making a series of official visits in different neighboring Asian countries within these last few weeks, President Rodrigo Duterte made sure to leave his birthday free from any official function.
According to the head of the Presidential Management Staff, Christopher Go, the President left his Tuesday free.
Visitors and well-wishers of the president were officially met and welcomed on the eve of his birthday on Monday, March 27.
Among the guests he welcomed on the eve of his birthday were Jesus Dureza, the Presidential Assistant on the Peace Process, and Silvestre Bello III, Chief Peace Negotiator and Secretary of Labor.
The president also met with Péter Szijjártó, the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs.
He also met with Nur Misuari, the founding chairperson of the Moro National Liberation Front, and his Tarhata, and his son Abdulkarim.
He also received a gift from Zhao Jianhua, the Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines, in the form of a family painting of the president, his partner Honeylet Avanceña, and their daughter Veronica.
Apart from catching up on rest and sleep, the president also spent some time with his youngest daughter Veronica, and his grandchildren as was seen on the photos uploaded by his son-in-law, Mans Carpio.
In the photos, we see a rare glimpse of the president as a family man, and as a grandfather. He was seen being enveloped in hugs from his grandchildren, and sporting a gentle smile on his face. He also met his youngest grandchild from his daughter Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio, Marko Digong Carpio, nicknamed ‘Stonefish’.