MANILA - A photoshoot isn't prohibited in Malacanang Palace, the presidential spokesman said, amid criticisms on Isabelle Duterte's pre-debut pictorial.
"I don't think it should be an issue. Gaya sila ng mga ordinaryong mga mamamayan na pwedeng magpicture sa Malacañang," said presidential spokesman Harry Roque.
Roque confirmed that Isabelle, the eldest daughter of Paolo Duterte, had her photos taken around the Palace grounds.
Roque added that even President Rodrigo Duterte was entitled to live in Malacañang but he opted not to stay at the lavish residence.
"Siguro naman yung mga kamag-anak niya lalo na ang kanyang apo ay pwede namang magpapicture picture sa Malacañang," he told reporters.
Roque said, however, that he does not know if the request for the shoot was requested by the Vice Mayor, but he emphasized that "they already opted not to live in the Palace."
"Kung ginusto nila pwede silang tumira doon, hindi na nila ginawa iyon, wag na nating ipagkait ang photo opportunity sa loob ng Palasyo," he said.
Earlier Friday, photos from Isabelle's photoshoot made rounds in social media.
In photos posted on Instagram, Isabelle was seen wearing different outfits, including a red ball gown by Dubai-based couturier Garimon Roferos.