Shoppers at Greenbelt 5 in Makati City were caught by surprise on Saturday evening when President Rodrigo Duterte dropped by the upscale mall to visit a luxury watch store.
The mall visit reportedly took place after he attended the closing dinner of the 51st Asian Development Bank Annual Meeting in Mandaluyong City.
Surrounded by members of the Presidential Security Group, Duterte was seen inside the Jaeger LeCoultre branch, a Swiss luxury watch and clock manufacturer, based on photos and videos circulating online.
Just saw President Duterte shopping in Greenbelt 5. People cheered! Girls on the escalator w me asked if there was a celebrity. I said, "it's the president". Turn up the audio @RRD_Davao #Duterte #PresidentDuterte pic.twitter.com/8Me0qxeacy— Daphne Oseña Paez (@DaphneOP) May 5, 2018
The President also accommodated shoppers who wanted to take a photo with him.
President Duterte visit Greenbelt 5 pic.twitter.com/ZFKoopsbf3— Don (@abundant_don) May 5, 2018
DUDE WE JUST SAW DUTERTE STROLLING IN GREENBELT LOOOL HELLO SIR PRESIDENT pic.twitter.com/vKjz4c7aDt— Caila Venice (@cailagops) May 5, 2018
It was not the first time Duterte visited the same mall since he became the country’s most powerful man in mid-2016.
Last December, the President went to Greenbelt 5 to buy a backpack where he can keep his gun magazines.
He also ate at a restaurant inside the mall. —KG, GMA News