(Read by Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella)
Davao City
July 23, 2016

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte modestly declined the respectful invitations from individuals, communities, organizations, companies, and other institutions in Metro Manila to be their guest of honor.

In an open letter to the Filipino people that was read by Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella, the President sees that the protocol and security measures of his travels would create traffic congestion, unnecessary stress, and inconvenience to the lives of the citizens around the area.

President Duterte extended his deepest apologies and assured that the nation and his fellow Filipinos continue to be the best intentions in his heart.