No celebration as Duterte marks birthday in self-quarantine

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 28 2020 06:10 PM | Updated as of Mar 29 2020 02:13 AM

MANILA (UPDATE)- President Rodrigo Duterte turned 75 Saturday with no celebration as he remained under self-quarantine in Malacañang, according to a Palace security official.

The President was earlier exposed to government officials who had contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to his spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

Presidential Security Group Commander Col. Jesus Durante said the President did not go home to his family in Davao City to avoid possible contamination of COVID-19. He usually marks his birthday in a simple celebration in his hometown.

Public air, land and sea transport remain suspended while Luzon is on lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease.

In a photo shared by his former aide Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go, Duterte was seen eating fried fish and soup for breakfast in Malacañang's Bahay Pagbabago complex.

 

It was unclear who took the photo.

Durante earlier said no one will be allowed near the President during his isolation.

For his birthday wish, the President wants the public to stay at home to prevent further spread of COVID-19, Go said.

The senator earlier said Duterte’s quarantine will last until April 7.

The 75-year-old Chief Executive earlier tested negative for the virus, which is known to severely affect the elderly.

The President's daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, also gave her greetings to Duterte and her son Stingray who is celebrating his 7th birthday on March 30.

"Blessed Birthday PRD and Stingray. Even if the three of us are in three different locations, a birthday is something to be happy about even if sadness is all around," she said in an Instagram post.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Sara Z. Duterte (@indaysaraduterte) on

Duterte-Carpio also went on quarantine earlier after she attended a Senate hearing in which a COVID-19 patient was present.

--Report from Joyce Balancio, ABS-CBN News