MANILA — Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo paid his last respects to the late mother of Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday.
Panelo visited the wake of Salvacion Gerona in Naga City, which is also his hometown.
Photos released by the Office of the Vice President showed Panelo and Robredo talking at the wake.
Panelo on Wednesday said he would represent President Rodrigo Duterte at the wake since the chief executive cannot visit because he has a lot of pending work.
“He wants to go pero ang daming trabaho kasi (but he has a lot of work to do). Ako na lang siguro muna (I’ll be the one going there). I’ll be representing him,” Panelo told reporters in Malacañang.
While he could not visit the wake, Duterte said he conveyed his condolences and sent flowers for the vice president’s family.
“I conveyed my condolences. And --- well the flowers. Kasali man sa kultura natin 'yan. We do it with flowers,” he told reporters in Malacañang.
A teacher by profession, Gerona died Saturday at the age of 83. Robredo did not specify her mother's ailment but said last month that her condition "turned for the worse" but later improved.