President Duterte shuns VIP treatment at NAIA as he returns to Davao City

MANILA – Living up to his promise to shun special treatment, President Rodrigo R. Duterte returned to his home in Davao City on board a commercial flight of the Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Thursday night.

Based on a photo posted by the Presidential Communications Office, Duterte sat on the window side of a three-seat row in the economy class section of PAL Flight PR1825 that left Manila at 9 p.m. and arrived in Davao City at 10:45 p.m.

At the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), President Duterte also shunned VIP (very important person) treatment usually given to the President of the Philippines.

Several photos also posted by the PCO showed that Duterte passed through the X-ray and metal scanners, raising his hands for inspection as he entered the departure area of the NAIA Terminal 2.

In the first Cabinet meeting after his inauguration last June 30, Duterte directed his Cabinet members to shun priority treatment at the airports.

”We should treat ourselves just like any other Filipino travelling,” the President told his Cabinet.

Amid air traffic congestion at the NAIA, President Duterte also said he would do away with the presidential no-fly-zone whenever he will fly in and out of the country’s main gateway.

Duterte, the country’s 16th President, is known for his simple living despite being the mayor of Davao City for 23 years. He also once served as congressman of the first district of Davao City. Jelly Musico/PNA/