What’s the fuss? As far as Malacañang is concerned, it is “a non issue.”
Malacañang said this yesterday in connection with a big howl and criticisms against the
pre-debut photo shoot of presidential granddaughter Isabelle Duterte in the Palace.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the statement when asked about the photo shoot of
Isabelle in parts of the Palace the previous night.
“I don’t think it should be an issue,” Roque said.
“The President is entitled to live in Malacañang. He opted not to pero siguro naman mga
kamag-anak niya, sarili niyang apo, puwede magpa-picture-picture sa Malacañang,” Roque said.
“Sa ’kin, wala namang masama doon. Nag-pose lang for birthday pictures ’yung apo ni Presidente
sa Malacañang,” Roque said.
“I don’t think it should be an issue. Kasi dapat nga nakatira sila sa Malacañang. Hindi naman
sila tumitira sa Malacañang so gaya sila ng ordinaryong mamamayan na pwede ring magpicture-picture sa
Malacañang,” he added.
“Huwag na po nating ipagkait ’yung photo opportunity sa loob ng Palasyo,” Roque said.
Roque said the photo shoot was most likely held Thursday.
Roque also said Isabelle’s photo shoot did not violate any Philippine laws.
It will be recalled that the event caused a stir among netizens who noted that it went against
the projected image of the President and his family as simple people.
Isabelle, the daughter of Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, wore two gowns and a long dress
for the shoot, managed by Rita Neri Event Planners and stylist Jeff Galang, in preparation for
#BELLEssima18 or Isabelle’s debutante ball.
The President’s first granddaughter is expected to have a grand celebration on her birthday,
Isabelle is the daughter of Vice Mayor Duterte and his ex-wife, Lovelie Sangkola Sumera.
Just last month, President Duterte also attended celebrations held in Malacañang; one is for
the baptism of Robin Padilla’s daughter, and the other, the birthday party of Marinduque Rep. Lord
Roque said Duterte prefers to attend social events inside Malacañang, and that not a single
centavo of taxpayer’s money was spent for these.
“Ayaw na lang lumalabas ni presidente para sa mga social event so kung gusto mo makasama ang
presidente, pupunta ka dito, dala-dala mo caterer mo. Walang taxpayer’s money,” Roque said.