President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. led well-wishers of Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte on her 45th birthday on Wednesday, May 31.
Vice President Sara Duterte (Photo from Atty. Reynold Munsayac's Facebook page)
Friends, supporters, and political allies also sent their greetings to the country’s second-highest official through social media.
“Maligayang kaarawan sa ating Vice President, Inday Sara Duterte! Salamat sa'yong 'di matatawarang serbisyo sa bayan. Nawa'y maging masaya ang iyong selebrasyon (Happy birthday to our Vice President, Inday Sara Duterte! Thank you for your incomparable service to the nation. May you have a happy celebration),” the caption of Marcos’ video greeting said.
In Visayan dialect, he asked the Vice President to take a break from work and not mind the “tambaloslos” around her, referring to a Visayan term Duterte once used to call out those whose ambition has made them thick-faced after her mentor, former president and Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Gloria Arroyo, was demoted from the House senior deputy speaker post.
The Presidential Communications Office (PCO) also greeted and thanked Duterte for her service to the Philippines, especially the youth.
“Hangad po namin ngayong kaarawan ang inyong mabuting kalusugan at mas mayabong na paparating na mga taon (We wish you good health and more prosperous years to come),” the post said.
Lawyer Reynold Munsayac, her spokesman, also took to social media to greet his “boss.”
“Happy birthday po sa pinakamasipag at pinakamahusay na Boss namin sa OVP! Tunay na mabuting tao. Isang karangalan ang makapaglingkod sa bayan kasama si VP Inday Sara Duterte (Happy birthday to the most hardworking and excellent boss in the OVP! A true good person. It is an honor to serve alongside VP Inday Sara Duterte),” he wrote.
Former senator and business magnate Manny Villar also sent his greetings to the Vice President, who is allied with the Villar political clan.
“You are the future of this country. You are a passionate, energetic, young visionary who, as your shirt in this photo proclaims, has proven your unwavering love for the country,” he said.
“Enjoy your special day and spend it with the people you love. I wish you all the best and I hope the Lord continues to bless you with many more years of inspiring leadership and public service,” he added.
Senator Jinggoy Estrada took the chance in his greeting to thank Duterte for her support for him and his daughter.
“Happy birthday sa napakasipag at napakabait na Pangalawang Pangulo ng ating bansa, VP Inday Sara Duterte. I pray for your good health and may God grant your heart’s desires para sa iyong pamilya at sa ating bansa (Happy birthday to the most hardworking and nicest vice president of the country, VP Inday Sara Duterte. I pray for your good health and may God grant your heart’s desires for your family and our country),” he wrote.
Duterte’s supporters also did not let the day pass without greeting her.
Jocelyn Bebeth Cambaya posted a billboard birthday for the Vice President in the popular Times Square in New York City.