Aquino on 3-day break, but he’s just ‘a text away’

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The Mansion House in Baguio (in picture) is home of President Aquino during his three-day Christmas break, which started Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. PHOTO BY RICK ALBERTO

MANILA, Philippines—President Aquino began his three-day Christmas break on Wednesday in Baguio City, but Malacañang said he was still running the affairs of the state and was just a “text away.”

The President will spend the next few days at The Mansion House, the official residence of the President in Baguio.

The three-day break of the President is off-limits to the media, but television stations have sent crews to monitor the movements of Aquino, who is vacationing with his friend and Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras.

“He’s away. As he promised to the MPC (Malacañang Press Corps), he is taking his break. Nonetheless, we were told that if there’s anything important, he is always a text away,” said presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda in a briefing at the Palace.

“And certainly communications are ongoing with him except that we wanted to give the President more time to rest,” said Lacierda.

Despite the break, the President was being fed regular updates on tropical depression “Quinta” (international name: Wukong).

Lacierda said that Aquino was also on top of “all other important matters of state.”

“But, again, this is an opportunity for the President to take a well-deserved rest. But it does not mean that the affairs of state are not moving forward. He continuously receives information on the matters of state,” said Lacierda.

Christmas with family

Aquino spent Dec. 24 and 25 with his staff and closest kin. He spent last Monday with his family and his household and close-in staff for fellowship.

He also visited parents’ and other relatives’ graves at Manila Memorial Park.

On Tuesday, Christmas Day, he had lunch with relatives and watched his sister Kris’ new comedy movie, “Sisterakas,” a Star Cinema and Viva Entertainment entry to the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival.

The President revealed to the MPC, at a dinner two weeks ago, that he would try to sneak out of the capital for a few days during Christmas week before resuming official duties at Malacañang ahead of New Year’s revelry.

But he himself doubted whether the sheer distance of Baguio from the capital would insulate him from politics and the pressing concerns of his presidency.

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  • turbogirl9

    ITS BETTER TO TAKE A BREAK EVERYDAY FOR ANTI STRESS

  • lolo_Jose

    “Kahit ang DIYOS ay nagpahinga on the 7th day” kailangan mo din ng pahinga Pnoy..

    • billy gunner

       dios ko! pati ba naman ang dios inihalintulad mo sa isang may sayad?

      • Edgardo Rosal

        kung sabagay, si PNoy nakikita natin at nakaka apekto sa buhay natin directly, di tulad nung isa :)

  • sigena

    araw araw ka naman na walang ginagawa ano ba ang bago?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KCCZPQATUI5WCVB7B2NRF4G2YM pete

      gloria or mike the losers, ikaw ba yan? grrrrrrrrrrr

    • regd

      Meron, yung ‘just-a-text away’. Hi tech na!

  • boybakal

    The President needs a break…
    As they say…All work and no play makes pepe a dull boy.
    3 day break is okay naman and he is just a text away.
    Hindi na ba uso ang Hot Line.
    Alam nyo naman si Pnoy di katulad ng ibang Presidente, magolf golf, pero siya talagang pahinga lang.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ME73SJ2KNVTMNU4JMRMRLRYPVQ zom

    Bakit si Fake President Gloria kapag aalis ng bansa or magpapahinga, pinapasa ang powers kay Noli. Bat itong ABNOY na to, ni minsan ata, di pinasa ang powers kay Binay.. Just wondering :))

    • regd

      Dahil pareho silang nagbabakasyon?

  • billy gunner

    nagpahinga pa ang kumag! e lagi namang nakapahinga yan e! with pay pa!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ME73SJ2KNVTMNU4JMRMRLRYPVQ zom

      nakakapag PSP pa nga di ba? hahahaha

  • Your_King

    Aquino hasn’t done much good for the improvement of the country during his time in office. He’s been on a break and semi-vacation his entire time as the President. And to be exact he’s essentially been M.I.A. way back since he was a Senator and Congressman. Can anyone think of any accomplishment he’s done when he was a Senator and Congressman?

  • disqusted0fu

    he’s been on a 3 year break as far as im concerned! break is his number one thing, and the welfare of the country and it’s people are secondary! or maybe even tertiary. hanging out with his friends comes second.

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