Unlike the past years, there’s only a very few news about the Noche Buena of the Duterte family this year.
News website Politiko posted the only known photo taken during the gathering of the Duterte family in Davao City as part of their Noche Buena.
In the photo posted by Isabelle Duterte, it showed the children of President Rodrigo Duterte, Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte, Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte, Vice Mayor Pulong Duterte and other members of the Duterte family.
However, President Duterte was missing in the photo for still unknown reasons.
“Insert nalang ta this year kay naabtan ug bagyo. Merry Christmas sa tanan! ♥️,” Isabelle said on her Facebook post.
Despite not being seen on social media during Christmas, President Duterte already made a message to the Filipinos this holiday season.
“As we remember the true meaning of this solemn festivity, may we emulate Christ’s empathy and kindness by opening our hearts and extending our hands to everyone especially to those who are less fortunate, and sharing with them the bounty and blessings we have received in the past year,” Duterte said in his Christmas Day message
“This season is a perfect time, not only to partake in our traditions but also to reflect on the importance of family as the center of our celebration,” he added.
Senator Christopher “Bong” Go also said that President Duterte is planning to continue his tradition every Christmas by spending his day with kids in the House of Hope.
“Our President really loves the children. He will really find time to visit and be with them,” Go said.