Foreign envoys to call on Duterte in Davao
Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News Southern Mindanao
MANILA - After taking a break from the taxing campaign period and elections, presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte will start receiving well-wishers, including foreign dignitaries and members of the diplomatic corps, in Davao City on Monday.
Among Duterte's expected guests are government representatives from Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Duterte spokesman Peter Laviña said the apparent winner of the presidential race will accept guests on an appointment basis.
The meetings will be held at Matina Enclaves, and will be spread out in three days.
A press conference is set to be held before Duterte starts meeting guests and friends.
The 71-year-old Duterte earlier announced that he will be going on a retreat in a farm somewhere in Davao before meeting with well-wishers.
Meanwhile, hotels in the Davao City are already fully booked until the coming weeks due to the influx of visitors, who mostly want to get a glimpse of the country's next President.
Many of these tourists trooped to the middle-class village of Dona Luisa, where Duterte has been a resident for two decades now.
Local authorities have beefed up security in the area.
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Duterte is poised to become the 16th Philippine president after garnering over 15 million votes as of Sunday morning, based on the partial and unofficial results of the Commission on Elections transparency server.
Three of his rivals, Senator Grace Poe, Vice President Jejomar Binay 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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Malacañang 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.