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President Marcos, VP Duterte personal New Year's resolution is more sleep, rest

By NICK GARCIA Published Jan 03, 2023 11:59 am Updated Jan 03, 2023 1:07 pm

President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. dropped his vlog on Sunday, Jan. 1 featuring Vice President Sara Duterte, saying they want more time to sleep and rest in 2023.

Marcos and Duterte were responding to a netizen who asked what their respective New Year's resolutions are.

Answering it first, Duterte, 44, said she's hoping to get a full eight-hour sleep.

"Huwag lang five hours," the vice president and education secretary noted.

A chuckling Marcos followed, saying he has the same wish as Duterte's.

"Talagang kailangan magpahinga dahil nagkakasakit na, di na dapat mangyari iyon," said the 65-year-old president, who had tested positive for COVID-19 twice already. He has yet to disclose any medical condition he has to the public.

Marcos said he also wants to spend more time with his family.

"Di na kami nagkikita. Nami-miss ko na sila," he said.

Duterte said she also wants to learn new skills. She said she is taking up short courses on psychology, and she should be done by February.

Marcos also noted that he learns new things every day in the job, as he's an "avid reader."

This 2023, Marcos said he wants Filipinos' lives to improve, as well as live in unity. "Unity" was his buzzword during the campaign season.

Duterte, meanwhile, said she's praying for a "strong, successful, and stable" Philippines.

The President and Vice President's broadcast of their new year resolutions came at the heels of a fiasco at the Ninoy Aquno International Airport, where over 65,000 passengers were stranded on New Year's day. 

Malacañang on Jan. 2 said the government is already conducting a "thorough investigation" on the incident.

Airport officials said a power outage brought the gateway's air traffic system down, leading to hundreds of flights canceled, diverted, and delayed. They also attributed the problem to the system being outdated, noting it requires P13 billion for upgrade.