By Raymund F. Antonio
It was supposed to be an awkward moment for the country’s two top officials who met during the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) graduation in Baguio City on Sunday, March 12.
But they had a cordial yet another comic encounter after President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his admiration to Vice President Leni Robredo for her physical beauty to the delight of the crowd that gathered at Fort Del Pilar.
President Rodrigo Duterte acknowledged Vice President Leni Robredo on his speech at the Philippine Military Academy's Graduation event. (Credits: RTVM via Youtube | Manila Bulletin)
President Rodrigo Duterte acknowledges Vice President Leni Robredo during his speech at the Philippine Military Academy’s graduation rites. (Credits: RTVM via Youtube | Manila Bulletin)
“I would like to acknowledge a beautiful lady,” the President said of Robredo when he greeted her in his speech.
“Nawala na naman ako,” the President then continued, eliciting laughter from the audience attending the PMA graduation rites.
Robredo, in her purple dress, smilingly responded to the President with a nod.
Duterte had to apologize to the lady official and made up for the mistake that she was not included in the list of officials to be greeted.
“Iyong nagsulat hindi ka sinama. Bugbugin na lang natin,” he jokingly said.
This was the second time the two leaders attended the same public event since Robredo resigned from Duterte’s Cabinet in December last year. They last saw each other at the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (Ledac) meeting in Malacañang last January.
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