MANILA, Philippines – Six (6) years after he took his oath as 16th Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte stepped out of the Malacañang Palace before noon on Thursday, June 30, bidding goodbye to his Manila home and office for the past years, and the presidency.
The country’s first president from Mindanao is set to return to his hometown of Davao City on the same day, to attend a thanksgiving concert organized by his supporters and allies.
Mr. Duterte left the Palace premises around 20 minutes before his successor, Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr., was whisked to the National Museum for his inaugural ceremony.
Mr. Duterte was in Malacañang Palace at around 9:30 am to receive his successor. He and Mr. Marcos spoke for around five minutes, in the presence of Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, incoming executive secretary Vic Rodriguez, and Duterte’s close aide Senator Christopher Bong Go.
After the meeting, Mr. Duterte and Mr. Marcos walked to the Palace's grounds for the departure ceremony traditionally held for an outgoing Philippine president.
A waiting Toyota Land Cruiser and multiple escorts from the Presidential Security Group took Mr. Duterte out of the Malacañang Palace, his first time out of the Palace as “citizen Duterte.”
He is set to fly to Davao City via a commercial flight, his National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said.