‘Call me Mayor, not Your Excellency,’ says Duterte

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In this photo taken on March 2, 2016, shows Davao City Mayor and Presidential Candidate Rodrigo Duterte raising a clenched fist during his campaign sortie in Lingayen, Pangasinan, north of Manila. Rodrigo Duterte curses the pope’s mother and jokes about his own infidelities, but many voters in the Philippines want to elect him president so he can begin an unprecedented war on crime. / AFP / NOEL CELIS / TO GO WITH AFP STORY: Philippines-vote-rights-crime-Duterte, FOCUS by Karl Malakunas (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

President Rodrigo Duterte says he does not like being called “Your Excellency”, saying he has never wanted the honorific, even when he was mayor of Davao City.

“Stop calling me ‘excellency’. Do not call me ‘Your Excellency.’ I am not ‘Your Excellency’… I appreciate it more if you call me mayor,” he reiterated in a Cabinet briefing.

The Palace earlier issued a directive instructing officials to refrain from addressing him as “His Excellency” and “Honorable” in all official communications.

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