President Rodrigo Duterte and his partner Honeylet Avanceña in Cambodia. The president brought along his partner and their daughter Veronica "Kitty" Duterte to help him cope with jet lag. Malacañang Photos

Duterte brings along Honeylet, Kitty to help cope with jetlag
Kristian Javier (philstar.com) - May 11, 2017 - 6:26am
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte brought along his partner Honeylet Avanceña, and their daughter Veronica "Kitty" Duterte on his trip abroad for the first time to help him cope with jetlag.
 
In a press conference at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport before he went on an official trip to Cambodia, Hong Kong and Beijing on Wednesday, President Duterte said that he hates traveling because it makes him "dull."
 
"In a few hours, tinatamaan na ko ng jetlag," Duterte said.
 
He then recounted an incident where he fell asleep during a meeting with a prime minister whom he did not name. He said Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay had to wake him up.
 
Duterte said that he told the prime minister that he was "just thinking aloud" to hide that he had been napping.
 
"That's why I brought my family to tide me over," he added.
 
He also said that he has to take medication and would rather have Avanceña, a nurse, give them him since she "can very well take care" of him.
 
"I do not want these nurses na pulis na pasok-pasok sa kuwarto...I would rather have my wife giving the medications kasi strangers, they go in and out," Duterte said.
 
The president also lamented that his nurses have to check his blood pressure and heart rate "every hour" as well as the use of oxygenation. 
 
"Para ka talagang pasyente. Tapos isusulat nila yan because they are required by the law to do that. Maski wala kang sakit, hanapan ka ng sakit para mamatay ka," Duterte said.
 
"It's an extravagant attention just because you are president... When it's your time, it's your time," he said.

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