Palace defends Duterte granddaughter’s photo shoot in Malacañang

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  • The photo shoot of President Duterte’s granddaughter inside the Palace was criticized on social media
  • Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said he sees nothing wrong with the photo shoot
  • Roque said the President’s granddaughter did not violate any law for having the photo shoot inside the Palace

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said he sees nothing wrong with the pre-debut photo shoot of President Rodrigo Duterte’s granddaughter, Isabelle Duterte, inside the country’s seat of power – Malacañang Palace.

The photo shoot, according to Rappler, created quite a stir on social media because some social media users said it went against the projected image of the President and his family as simple people.

Isabelle, daughter of Presidential son and Davao Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and former wife Lovelie Sangkola Sumera, hired the country’s topnotch stylists, designers and make-up artists in the pre-debut photo shoot. She will be turning 18 on January 26 next year.

Roque said he sees nothing wrong with the photo shoot.

“Sa ’kin, wala namang masama doon. Nag-pose lang for birthday pictures ‘yung apo ni Presidente sa Malacañang,” Roque said.

[I see nothing wrong with it. The President’s granddaughter just posed for birthday pictures in Malacañang]

“I don’t think it should be an issue. Kasi dapat nga nakatira sila sa Malacañang. Hindi naman sila tumitira sa Malacañang so gaya sila ng ordinaryong mamamayan na puwede ring magpicture-picture sa Malacañang. Huwag na po nating ipagkait ‘yung photo opportunity sa loob ng Palasyo,” he added.

[They should be living in Malacañang, but chose not to live there. They are like ordinary citizens who can also have their photos taken inside Malacañang. Let’s not deny them the photo opportunity inside the Palace.]

Roque said Isabelle did not violate any law for having the photo shoot inside Malacañang.

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