Digong attends Tabogon fiesta, meets doppelgänger

By: Morexette Marie B. Erram May 20,2018 - 10:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte (center) shares the stage with his doppelgänger and Tabogon Mayor Zigfred Duterte. Also in the photo are (left to right) Tuburan Mayor Democrito Aljun Diamante, Borbon Mayor Noel Dotillos and Catmon Mayor Dan Jusay. /CDN photo/Lito Tecson

They stood beside each other at the Tabogon Sports Complex stage.

President Rodrigo Duterte wore a plain white polo while his doppelgänger and Tabogon Mayor Zigfred Duterte wore a black and white-colored checkered polo.

Zigfred was at least three inches taller and has a bigger build in comparison with the president, but the two shared similar facial features.

The Tabogon mayor is a newphew of the president.

His grandfather Ignacio is a first degree cousin of Duterte’s father Vicente.

“I invited our President because he’s our relative. This fiesta will also be a mini-family reunion for the Dutertes here in Tabogon,” Zigfred told reporters in a press briefing held ahead of the president’s visit.

An Armored Personel Carrier went around Barangay Poblacion, Tabogon town to secure the presidential visit.

Tabogon town located 85.5 kilometers northeast of Cebu City celebrated the annual feast of their patron saint San Isidro Labrador on Sunday.

The more than 3,000 people who crowded the sports complex cheered and applauded the sight of the president and their mayor.

Duterte arrived in Tabogon town at around 3 p.m. He immediately proceeded to the sports center in Barangay Poblacion to greet northern Cebu officials led by Rep. Benhur Salimbagon of the 4th district of Cebu.

The president met and shook hands with around 20 other distant relatives before he went on stage to greet the crowd. He left on a chopper for Negros Occidental an hour later.

Zigfred said it was already his fourth time to meet with the president but it was the first time for Duterte to attend their town fiesta.

The Tabogon mayor first met Duterte at the Cebu provincial capitol in 2013 to personally receive a cash assistance from then Davao City mayor Duterte for Tabogon town which was then hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake.

While President Duterte traces his roots in Danao City in northern Cebu, he also has relatives Tabogon town in the northeastern part of the island and in San Fernando and Ginatilan in the south.

Mayor Zigfred said his father was from Ginatilan town while his mother was from Tabogon.

Zigfred, 47, is now serving his second term as Tabogon mayor. He was first elected mayor in 2013 after he served as town councilor for two terms starting in 2017.

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