Duterte safe in Davao City, house sustained cracks after Mindanao quake

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 31 2019 10:57 AM | Updated as of Oct 31 2019 11:49 AM

MANILA (UPDATE) - President Rodrigo Duterte is safe from the powerful earthquake that shook parts of Mindanao on Thursday, Malacañang said.

The President was in his hometown of Davao City when the Magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit off Tulunan town, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said. It was the third strong earthquake in the same general area in a month.

Duterte's house sustained cracks in the walls and ceiling, his former top aide, Senator Christopher "Bong" Go told radio DZMM.

"Sabi niya (Duterte) 'di naman po siya takot sa lindol. Kung talagang panahon mo na, panahon mo na," Go said of his phone call with the President.

(He said he's not afraid of an earthquake. If it's your time, then it's your time.)

Duterte will still visit the tomb of his parents on Thursday as he is set to leave for Thailand on Friday, All Saints' Day, for the 35th ASEAN Summit, Panelo said.

Duterte has designated Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea as officer-in-charge of the government from Nov. 1 to 4.