Duterte cuts short Jordan visit

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is cutting short his visit to Jordan "by a day," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque told Rappler on Thursday, September 6.

Duterte was supposed to depart Amman, Jordan on Saturday afternoon, September 8 (Jordan time) and arrive in Davao City on Sunday morning, September 9. He will now be arriving home on Saturday morning.

Asked why the change of plans, Roque said Duterte "did all his appointments earlier."

Duterte has only one scheduled event on Friday, September 7, a gathering of Filipinos based in Jordan, and no other events on Saturday.

Thus, there was no reason for the President not to leave on Friday, after giving his speech in front of the Filipino community. Duterte may leave Amman on Friday afternoon or evening.

Duterte's early trip home comes as the government seeks to arrest Senator Antonio Trillanes IV after the President's voiding of his amnesty through Proclamation No 572. Trillanes, one of Duterte's most relentless critics, is challenging the legality of the presidential order.

Malacañang has insisted that there was "nothing political" about Duterte's proclamation. – Rappler.com

Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada covers the Office of the President and Bangsamoro regional issues for Rappler. While helping out with desk duties, she also watches the environment sector and the local government of Quezon City. For tips or story suggestions, you can reach her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.