MANILA (UPDATE 3) — President Rodrigo Duterte is set to take a 3-day break starting Tuesday, Nov. 12, Malacañang said Monday.
In a press briefing, Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the chief executive will take a rest because he was overworked and lacked sleep.
Panelo denied that the break, which Duterte will spend in Davao, was due to any medical condition or check-up.
"Rest lang iyon. Pahinga lang sa kaniya dahil maraming trabaho," he said.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea will be in charge during the president's absence, according to Panelo.
Panelo later clarified that Duterte would not be taking a "leave" and would continue to attend to paperwork while resting at home.
"Magtatrabaho lang siya sa Davao, sa bahay. Marami siyang backlog eh, marami siyang paperwork," he said in an interview with radio DZMM.
In a separate interview, Senator Bong Go said Duterte had been planning to take a week-long break after his trip to Thailand for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.
His break, however, was cut short as he had to fly back to Manila to attend meetings Monday.
"Matagal na pong plano ito, after ASEAN, siguro he will take a week-long leave kaya lang it was cut short, pumunta kaagad si Pangulo rito kagabi," Go said.
The President attended two meetings Monday and will be visiting three wakes before going back to Davao.
Go said Duterte will be focusing on paperwork while at home, before visiting farmers in North Cotabato on Friday.
"Uuwi lang siya sa Davao para pumirma at sa Biyernes, sa Mindanao naman siya iikot," he said.
Go assured the public there is nothing to worry about the President as it is his habit to go back home to work.
"Normal lang niyang ginagawa. Tao lang po ang ating Pangulo, mas komportable po siya sa Davao," he added.