MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III is having a vacation with friends in Baguio.
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Aquino left for the City of Pines on Tuesday night and will stay there until Rizal Day on Sunday.
Aquino is with Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras and a schoolmate and their families.
Aquino has been told by Health Secretary Enrique Ona that he needs a break from the rigors of the presidency.
The President was seen at the movies on Christmas Day, watching his sister Kris Aquino' movie, "Sisterakas" at a Makati mall.
Lacierda said the Chief Executive is taking his break but they were instructed that he is just a text away for important matters of state, as well as updates on tropical depression Quinta.
Lacierda stressed that Aquino remains abreast of Cabinet matters even while he's on vacation.