HONG KONG — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his family on Thursday, April 12, visited a branch of Filipino fast-food chain Jollibee at Whampoa, Hung Hom.
On the last day of his working visit here, the President dropped by Jollibee along with his partner Honeylet Avanceña, daughters Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Kitty, and his grandson, Stingray.
The President was also joined by Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and wife Taguig City Mayor Laarni Cayetano.
He and his family arrived shortly before 6:00 p.m. and were warmly greeted by people at the fast-food chain.
The President personally placed their orders at the counter. While waiting for their meals, he granted “selfie” requests and chatted with Filipinos who were exultant to see him.
Wish come true
Secretary Bong Go then invited overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Alma Pardillo, a 44-year-old household worker here, to the President’s table.
The ecstatic Pardillo shed tears upon meeting the President and his family.
During her conversation with the President, Pardillo shared that she badly wants to visit her family in the Philippines.
She wishes to personally check the condition of her son who is suffering from a serious lung ailment.
She also hoped to celebrate the graduation of his two children, one finished a business administration degree last month and another one will complete an accounting technology degree at the end of April.
President Duterte immediately granted Pardillo’s wish for roundtrip tickets. The OFW said she was allowed by her employer to have a two-week vacation.
Before leaving, the President greeted the Filipinos waiting outside and told them: “Okay na tayo. Okay na ang bayan.”
The President then proceeded to Kai Tak Cruise Terminal to meet with around 2,500 members of the Filipino community. (PND)