PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said he dresses to be comfortable and not to please others.
“You know, I dress not to please anybody. I dress myself to be comfortable. That’s why you’ll rarely see me in a coat and tie,” he said in Filipino, adding that business suits were hot.
“I am there presiding not to please any state figure. To please the prime ministers and the presidents. Of course not. I go there and I want to please myself, this is where I’m comfortable,” Duterte said, referring to the recently concluded Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit.
During a speech in Davao City, Duterte addressed comments that he looked sloppy, wearing the native Barong Tagalog with his sleeves rolled up.
Duterte said he folds his sleeves the way former President Fidel V. Ramos did.
“He folds it to a three-fourth [length]. Me too, because if the sleeve is too long, it’s difficult to move,” he said. “Sometimes, it’s too tight.”
Duterte also shared a childhood story about visiting a wake only to find that the Barong he wore had the same embroidered pattern as that of the deceased.
“So these are vignettes of life, I would call [them],” he said. “And [they] really make your persona.”