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Rody to sell luxury vehicle given to him

A luxury vehicle given to President Duterte will soon be up for sale in a public auction.

The President revealed that he has rejected the use of a Mercedes Benz sedan and decided to sell it to interested buyers.

“Nagbigay sa akin Mercedes Benz, totoo ‘yon. Punta ka sa PSG, nandiyan sa compound,” the President said during the PDP-Laban assembly in Pasay City last Sunday night.

“Nagmamagandang-loob, sabi ko okay. Hindi ko tinatanggap, lagay ko lang diyan. Interesado ang sinong taxpayer, bilin mo sa gobyerno, ipagbili ko. Mercedes Benz,” he added.

The former Mayor of Davao City explained that he prefers to ride his old pickup instead of a sedan in his trips outside Malacañang.

“Hindi ako sumasakay ng kotse. Kayong taga-Davao alam ninyo ‘yan 1988 pickup lang ako. Hanggang ngayon sa Davao, pickup lang ako,” he said.

Meanwhile, Duterte will embark on a two-nation swing in Asia this month ahead of the country’s hosting of a regional summit.

The President is expected to visit Myanmar on March 19 and 20, followed by Thailand on March 21 and 22 based on his tentative schedule.

Duterte, in his remarks during the PDP-Laban assembly, said he plans to ask his counterparts from Myanmar and Thailand about their inputs on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in the country.

The Philippines has assumed the rotating chairmanship of the ASEAN this year. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)