MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte will be spending his 74th birthday today Thursday, March 28, in the comfort of his home in Davao City rather than host a grand celebration.
“Ayaw kong mag-celebrate ng birthday. Gusto ko sa bahay lang, matulog ako (I don’t want to celebrate my birthday. I just want to stay at home, sleep),” Duterte bared this during the PDP-Laban campaign rally in Koronadal City on Tuesday.
Rodrigo Roa Duterte born March 28, 1945, also known as Digong and Rody, is the 16th and current President of the Philippines. Taking office at 71 years old in June 2016, Duterte is the oldest person to assume the Philippine presidency; the record was previously held by President Sergio Osmeña at the age of 65.
Duterte was once married to Elizabeth Abellana Zimmerman, a flight attendant from Davao City and is of Jewish German American descent. They together have three children (from eldest to youngest): Paolo ("Pulong"), Sara ("Inday Sara") and Sebastian ("Bastê").
Duterte is currently living with his common-law wife Cielito "Honeylet" Avanceña, a nurse, with whom he has one daughter named Veronica ("Kitty"). Duterte has eight grandchildren.
The president has always kept his birthday celebrations quiet and simple. however, said he looks forward to spending more time with his children and grandchildren.
A day before his birthday, Duterte’s former aide Christopher “Bong” Go sent him greetings and vowed to stay by his side. For the past 21 years, the chief executive was never known to throw lavish parties even as Davao City mayor.
“Wishing my boss and mentor, President Rodrigo Duterte, 50 more years to live to serve our fellow Filipinos,” Go said in a statement.
“Tulad ng pangako ko, hanggang sa huling hininga ng aking buhay ay sasamahan ko siya at hindi iiwan (Like my promise, I will accompany him and never leave him until the last breath of my life),” he added. (with reports from PNA)