Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was spotted shopping in Hong Kong on Saturday night during an unannounced trip to the city. It was his second visit without an official announcement in less than five months, Sing Pao reported.
At 6pm on Saturday, Duterte and his family, together with bodyguards, were spotted shopping in UNIQLO at the World Trade Centre in Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island.
The spokesman for the Philippine presidential office, Salvador Panelo, said Duterte was in Hong Kong to celebrate the birthday of his partner Honeylet Avanceña, who turned 49 on Sunday.
Christopher Go, a former aide of Duterte, said the president arranged the trip on the request of their daughter Kitty, adding that the family had done that before when he was the mayor of Davao City.
“The weekend getaway is for rest and recreation,” Go said in a statement.
The family also had a birthday dinner in a Chinese restaurant.
Two Hong Kong women recognized Duterte and asked for a photo, Sing Tao Daily reported.
Duterte’s family reportedly arrived on Friday evening and were scheduled to fly home on Sunday.
The Philippine president and his family paid an unannounced trip to Hong Kong in early October last year and were spotted shopping in the same place in Causeway Bay.