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Duterte was once a pilot

Long before he had the perks of riding a presidential aircraft, President Duterte actually flew his own plane.

The President recently revealed that he was a pilot when he was young, saying his flying hours were partly the reason he has grown tired of long-haul flights.

“I used to be a pilot when I was young,” the President said during an assembly of the country’s mayors at the historic landmark Manila Hotel last Tuesday.

“Kung oras lang sa lipad, I have about mga 1,000 plus hours of flying. I hate traveling out pati ‘yung out of the country. Busog na ako diyan,” he added.

The 71-year-old President said he dislikes long-haul flights since he is already old and easily gets tired.

“Gusto kong pumasyal, ayaw ko naman ‘yung mga long haul. Napapagod talaga ako. You might think that I’m enjoying the trip, I don’t,” the former Davao City mayor said. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)