Watch: Why President Duterte Decline Speaking Invitations From Metro Manila Institutions (Video)

Due to his enormous popularity and people from different walks of life wanting to see and hear him speak, it is not surprising that President Rodrigo Duterte is always being invited by various institutions to be their guest of honor. However, he wrote an open letter to the Filipinos particularly to Metro Manila institutions, apologizing that he has to decline their invitation.

As shown in the RTVM video below, Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella read President Duterte’s open letter to the public, explaining why he decided to decline to be the guest honor in communities, organizations, companies, and other institutions in Metro Manila. Nevertheless, the tough-talking president also sends his sincerest apologies.

“An open letter to my fellow citizens in the Metro Manila area: the municipality of Pateros, the cities of Caloocan, Las Pinas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Paranaque, Pasay, Pasig, San Juan, Taguig and Valenzuela. Greetings!” Abella said, who probably forgot to mention Quezon City as he reads the president’s letter.

“A great number of individuals, communities, organizations, companies, and other institutions have invited me to grace their important events as guest of honor. While I consider it as a privilege and responsibility to be in touch with the people, I have to again and again decline for a very simple reason.” He added, speaking with an enchanting voice.

“As president, my travels always include protocols and security measures which create traffic congestion and disturb the flow of every day lives and activities. As it is, we are still burdened with traffic issues in the Metro Manila area. It seems only prudent and sensible not to add unnecessary stress to our efforts of creating comfortable lives that include all.” He noted.

“Until such time as we have effectively addressed these matters, please understand that I may need to decline your warm and respectful invitations. My deepest apologies. But please bear in mind that I only have your, the people’s, and the nation’s best intentions at heart.” Spokesperson Ernie Abella said on the last part of President Duterte’s open letter.

While we at TN feel the nobility in the president’s decision not to add to the worsening traffic problems in Metro Manila, many anti-Duterte individuals do not agree. In fact, some of them noted it as an excuse, suggesting that President Duterte finds it hard to be decent in his speeches as compared to the previous presidents particularly Noynoy Aquino.