MANILA (UPDATE) - Family, friends, allies, and supporters greeted President Rodrigo Duterte Wednesday as he turned 73.
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio took to social media to greet his father, posting a picture of him together with her youngest child Stonefish, who shares the President's nickname Digong.
The Davao City mayor also shared to ABS-CBN News photos of the President with his grandchildren.
Former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo "Pulong" Duterte posted a longer birthday message in his native Visaya on Facebook, apologizing for causing his father troubles before.
The younger Duterte told his father that one day, he would be proud of him. He also wished him more patience.
"Pa, sa lahat ng galit at kasiyahan sa ating dalawa, magpapaiwan akong anak mo. Sa lahat ng sinasabi mo sa akin Pa, nakikinig ako, tinanggap at naiintindihan ko. Hindi madaling maging ama sa pinakamabait mong anak. Pagpasensiyahan mo ako sa mga panahon na nadagdagan ko ang uban mo," he said.
The former Vice Mayor had resigned from his post on Christmas Day last year, citing "recent unfortunate events in my life that are closely tied to my failed first marriage."
Former President and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo also greeted Duterte a happy birthday, thanked him for "years of real friendship," and wished him good health and fortitude.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque also greeted Duterte, who he called "the father of the nation." Roque said he considers working with Duterte a privilege.
"On this day, we are reminded of how blessed we are as a nation to be headed by someone who is known for his strong political will, decisive leadership and compassion for his fellowmen," he said.
Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, a key ally of the President, and Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali also greeted the President through social media.
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, meanwhile, wished the President "good health and long life."
"On behalf of the House of Representatives and my family, I would like to extend our sincerest greetings to President Rodrigo Duterte on his 73rd birthday," he said.
"For the past two years, our country has benefited from the President's competent leadership."
Former Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. earlier posted a video greeting for the President.
Duterte's supporters in Davao City also went to his house early morning to sing him a happy birthday.
Duterte's close aide Christopher Go earlier said the President would not be having a lavish celebration. The President is the oldest to be elected to the post. -- With reports from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News