Duterte’s ar­rival in Ba­colod moved to Oc­to­ber 22

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THE ar­rival of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte in Ba­colod City has been moved to Oc­to­ber 22, the clos­ing high­lights of the 38th MassKara Fes­ti­val.

This was an­nounced by Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia Satur­day af­ter his meet­ing with the group from the Pres­i­den­tial Man­age­ment Staff at the Ba­colod Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter Fri­day.

Bu­reau of In­ter­nal Rev­enue Deputy Com­mis­sioner Je­sus Clint Aranas, when he de­clared the fes­ti­val of­fi­cially opened on Oc­to­ber 1, had ini­tially an­nounced that Pres­i­dent Duterte will visit Ba­colod on Oc­to­ber 20.

Leonar­dia said he was in­formed that ev­ery week, the Pres­i­dent goes home to Davao City and the chance for him to visit Ba­colod is be­fore he re­turns to Manila.

Oc­to­ber 22 will fea­ture the street dance and arena com­pe­ti­tions at the Ba­colod pub­lic plaza.

“In case the Pres­i­dent will ar­rive dur­ing the time of the street dance, it will be in­ter­rupted for a while for us to lis­ten to his speech,” Leonar­dia said.

On Oc­to­ber 2 last year, Duterte of­fi­cially opened the MassKara Fes­ti­val at the pub­lic plaza.

Aranas, a Ne­grense, had ear­lier said it is his­toric that Pres­i­dent Duterte will at­tend the MassKara Fes­ti­val for the se­cond time.

Leonar­dia also said: “It is the first time that a Pres­i­dent will at­tend the high­lights of the MassKara Fes­ti­val. Let’s give the credit to Deputy Com­mis­sioner Aranas, who fa­cil­i­tated the visit of Pres­i­dent Duterte in Ba­colod City.”

The mayor some se­na­tors are also ex­pected to ar­rive dur­ing the fes­ti­val high­lights, in­clud­ing Se­nate Pres­i­dent Aquilino Pi­mentel III, Se­na­tors Cyn­thia Vil­lar, and Miguel Zu­biri.

Leonar­dia ap­pealed to MassKara rev­el­ers to co­op­er­ate with the se­cu­rity changes dur­ing the Pres­i­dent’s ar­rival that could bring in­con­ve­nience.

“We should co­op­er­ate be­cause this is the price that we have to pay. Hav­ing the Pres­i­dent is some­thing pos­i­tive for the MassKara Fes­ti­val,” the mayor said.

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