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Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s birthday celeb earns flak from netizens, accuse the President for ‘fake simplicity’

His supporters praised him and would have flown under the radar if this image was kept intact, but screenshots of Duterte’s 76th birthday celebration in Davao City proved otherwise.

It would have been like any other birthday celebration for President Rodrigo Duterte—one that shows his “simple” and “humble” beginnings—but a slip-up from someone in the gathering has caused an uproar.

His supporters praised him and would have flown under the radar if this image was kept intact, but screenshots of Duterte’s 76th birthday celebration in Davao City proved otherwise.

However, reports from various media outlets cite an angle not shown by the man who took the shot (Senator Christopher “Bong” Go).

And this one angle earned a lot of flak from Netizens.

The photo shows the Duterte family table with a spread that has more than what Go’s photo showed—including a roast pig.

That roast pig drew reactions from the Netizens and raised a deception claim as Go cropped out those stuff from the one he posted online.

Those loyal to the President, however, passed it off as a non-issue. They defended that roasted pigs are consumed most of the year by people from Visayas and Mindanao. They implied that it’s common to see it on a dinner table.

That one image would cause the word lechon to trend on Twitter, with over 12,000 uses as of writing.

#DuterteManyak trends

“You should know by now that the president likes to kid around,” said Palace spokesperson Harry Roque, in an attempt to pass off a hashtag that has also trended on microblogging site Twitter: #DuterteManyak.

This would surface after this clip—which also showed the now-infamous lechon—made round on social media.

According to Roque, this shouldn’t be an issue for two reasons: (1) the housemaid has been with them for years, and (2) his common- law wife, Honeylet Avanceña, was in the same room and did not even flinch.

This reason, however, did not fly with Netizens, who promptly blasted Roque for saying this was all part of Duterte’s personality.

https://twitter.com/_cheesymochi/status/1376482742477619202

It isn’t the first time Duterte would get flak from how he has been shown whenever he flies home to Davao City.

Netizens, particularly the President’s supporters, would fawn over an image of him supposedly switching out a supposedly fancy dinner spread in Malacañang for a can of sardines.


This would be dismissed as nothing more than pakitang-tao or for the show by critics, especially since photos of Duterte often show him with “simple” meals.

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