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Duterte gives gifts to young cancer patients in Davao City

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 01:52 PM December 24, 2018
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a gift to one of the pediatric cancer patients during his visit to the Southern Philippines Medical Center's Cancer Institute Children's Unit in Davao City on December 23, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a gift to one of the pediatric cancer patients during his visit to the Southern Philippines Medical Center’s Cancer Institute Children’s Unit in Davao City on December 23, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday night visited pediatric cancer patients at the Southern Philippines Medical Center’s Cancer Institute Children’s Unit in Davao City.

Malacañang released photos of Duterte giving gifts to the cancer patients and doing his signature fist bump with one of the kids.

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte does the fist bump with one of the pediatric cancer patients during his visit at the Southern Philippines Medical Center's Cancer Institute Children's Unit in Davao City on December 23, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte does the fist bump with one of the pediatric cancer patients during his visit at the Southern Philippines Medical Center’s Cancer Institute Children’s Unit. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte blesses a pediatric patient during his visit at the Southern Philippines Medical Center's Cancer Institute Children's Unit in Davao City on December 23, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte blesses a pediatric patient during his visit at the Southern Philippines Medical Center’s Cancer Institute Children’s Unit. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Former Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go said Duterte gave the toys, cash and food to the cancer patients.

Even when he was still mayor of Davao City, Duterte regularly visited and distributed gifts to cancer patients in his hometown city.

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte plants a kiss on the forehead of a pediatric patient during his visit to the Southern Philippines Medical Center's Cancer Institute Children's Unit in Davao City on December 23, 2018. Also in the photo is former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte plants a kiss on the forehead of a pediatric patient during his visit to the Southern Philippines Medical Center’s Cancer Institute Children’s Unit. Also in the photo is former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo earlier said the President would spend Christmas in Davao City with his family.

READ: No frills: Duterte to spend Christmas in Davao City – Panelo

“He does it every Christmas or birthdays. He spends it with his family always. No frills,” Panelo said. /je

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