By Antonio Colina
DAVAO CITY – The residence of President Rodrigo R. Duterte suffered from minor cracks after the 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck parts of Mindanao at 9:11 a.m. on Thursday, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said on Thursday.
Go, president’s former aide who was later appointed as special assistant to President, told reporters in an interview that the cracks were seen at the ceiling of the President’s bedroom on the second floor at his house in Doña Luisa Subdivision in Matina.
He said the President was in his comfort room when the earthquake struck, the third major tremor in two weeks.
He said the President was safe after the earthquake. Go said Duterte would push through his scheduled trip to Thailand on Friday to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit despite the destructive earthquake.
“Ayaw mo kaguol okay man atong Presidente kaganina (Don’t worry about our President because he was safe),” he said.
Go said they had his 25-year old house checked by an engineer to check its stability.
“Dugay na kaayo na siguro about 25 years na na sya og iyaha lang gi duggagan og second floor para mahimo syang two floors, didto sya natulog sa second floor so structure ana designed for one floor lang siguro (It’s too old, about 25 years, he just added another floor to make two floors. He was sleeping on the second floor, so maybe the structure was designed for maybe one floor),” he said.