- President defended granddaughter’s pre-debut photoshoot inside Malacañanang Palace
- He said it’s a trivial issue, pointed out visitors have their pictures taken there
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte shrugged off criticism over his granddaughter’s controversial pre-debut photoshoot inside Malacañang Palace; saying it was a small matter as other visitors also have their pictures taken there.
“It’s a small matter. Gamitin lang ang Malacañang. Wala naman ako doon and even if I was there, eh, kung granddaughter ko magpa-picture, lahat nga ng mga bisita d’yan nagpapa-picture eh,” Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.
[It’s a small matter. Go ahead and use Malacañang. I’m there and even if I was there, if my granddaughter had her picture taken there, remember that all visitors there also like to take pictures.]
“You know that girl, ang nanay niya [her mother is a] Maranao. May mga kaanak ako na [I have relatives who are] Muslim. Kaya kayong mga [You] Moro don’t be offended by my words. I am just trying to tell you that there’s a problem which we have to solve together,” he added.
Isabelle Duterte, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte’s daughter with his ex-wife Lovelie Sangkola Sumera, used the insides of the Palace as the backdrop for her photoshoot.
Her pictures quickly attracted both cheers and jeers; with critics accusing her of poor taste and flaunting her status.
Some also pointed out that she may have violated an executive order reserving the use of the presidential seal for the Chief Executive when she posed before the President’s Seal in one of her pictures.
Palace officials have defended the presidential granddaughter’s photoshoot; saying she did not do anything wrong or break any law when she had her pictures taken inside Malacañang.