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Barong for funerals, not inaugural – Duterte

Incoming president Rodrigo Duterte says he finds wearing the native shirt “corny” and would rather sport something more comfortable. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, file

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Don’t expect incoming president Rodrigo Duterte to wear a barong Tagalog for his inauguration on June 30.

Duterte says he finds wearing the native shirt “corny” and would rather sport something more comfortable.

“I don’t like barong. I don’t like Amerikana (suit). Maybe I’ll wear a kimono,” Duterte said in jest during a press conference here on Saturday night. “You know why? Almost all of my friends who died wore barong (at their funeral).”

Duterte, who wore a white shirt and black pants when he faced the media, is also not inclined to hire a personal stylist.

“I don’t want to adjust my life just because I’m president. It’s so corny. You take me for what I am,” he said.

Earlier, Duterte’s transition team said he preferred his assumption rites to be simple.

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Peter Laviña, spokesman for Duterte’s transition team, said they may do away with the lavish balls and dinners that are usually part of a president’s inauguration.

He said the inauguration would be held in Malacañang and would be witnessed by a limited number of guests.

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