The supposedly townhall interview of President Rodrigo Duterte with Kris Aquino on Friday, November 11 has been cancelled. The interview should happen during the National MSME Summit 2016, which is participated by micro, small and medium enterprises.
As such, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez who also made the announcement apologized to the 700 guests who has been waiting for several hours for the townhall discussion which is supposed to be the culmination of the two-day event.
According to Lopez the President was not feeling well after arriving from his state visits in Thailand and Malaysia.
Reported further that shortly after the announcement, Presidential adviser on entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, who is also founder of Go Negosyo, came up on stage and said the president suffers from severe migraine.
It was also reported that the President along with his senior officials arrived at at F. Bangoy International Airport in Davao City at past 4:00 a.m. He delivered a speech for about 30 minutes and answered the media’s questions.
Meanwhile, the townhall interview with the President may not have pushed thru, but the townhall discussion pursued without Duterte, with TV host Kris Aquino as moderator.
In a statement, the TV host said jokingly, “Minsan first date hindi natutuloy. Mr. President, pinaghandaan kita, nag-diet ako ng dalawang linggo”. She also jested that she would sometimes cause migraine to her interviewees.
Base on reports, Kris also said, “Mr. President, I hope one day mahalin mo rin ako.”
Meanwhile, the townhall interview has been highly anticipated, with the event to be televised live on government-run PTV 4 and commercial station TV5. This also marks Aquino’s return to television after a seven-month hiatus.