Duterte sets meeting with well-wishers


DAVAO CITY - Presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet with well-wishers on Monday, May 16, one week after the national election.

In a press briefing, Duterte spokesman Peter Laviña said there are "plenty of well-wishers" arriving in Davao City and going to Mandaya Hotel and Marco Polo Hotel to meet Duterte.

He said Duterte will be taking a break and will only start meeting well-wishers starting Monday. The mayor earlier announced that he will be going on a retreat in a farm somewhere in Davao.

"The mayor is taking his rest. We were told that he will start receiving well-wishers only on Monday. We will announce the final venue. They are looking for a good space where we have parking lots...a lounge to receive all the visitors," Laviña told reporters.

Duterte is poised to become the next president after garnering over 15 million votes as of Thursday morning, based on the partial and unofficial results of the Commission on Elections transparency server.

Two of his rivals, Senator Grace Poe and ex-DILG chief Mar Roxas, have conceded while a third candidate, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, urged her followers to cheer up after she absorbed her third loss in the elections.

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Malacanang on Tuesday said it is ready to work with Duterte's group for a smooth transition of power in the coming days.

Laviña earlier identified six individuals, including himself, as members of the Duterte Transition Committee:

- Leoncio Jun Evasco, campaign manager;
- Christopher "Bong" Go, assistant campaign manager and executive assistant;
- Carlos Dominguez, former Cabinet member and head of Duterte's campaign finance committee;
- Salvador Medialdea, Duterte's personal lawyer;
- Loreto Ata, personal lawyer; and
- Peter Laviña, spokesperson.

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