Taxi driver in viral photos is not Duterte but a look-alike

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Photos of a taxi driver whose side profile looks similar to President Rodrigo Duterte went viral on social media.

It all started with a Facebook post by Norman Talimongan, who posts gained thousands of shares and reactions. He said he and his friends came upon the taxi driver when they hailed his cab at Crocodile Park in Davao City in the early morning of October 6.

Talimongan’s post was picked up by various Facebook pages.

Here are the photos that Talimongan uploaded:

We found some netizens who really believed that the taxi driver was President Duterte who managed to escape his security.

However, an ABS-CBN report revealed that the taxi driver was Ponciano “Dodong” Veronas, who lives in Brgy. Astorga in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

“Tinanong nila ako kung ako nga ba si Presidente, sabi ko hindi ako si President … Enjoy na enjoy sila at panay ang kuha ng picture, natawa na lang ako sa kanila,” Veronas told ABS-CBN.

Veronas added that he was often mistaken as Duterte by his passengers. He said that he felt honored to be complimented as a Duterte look-alike.

Moreover, President was in Brunei on October 5 and 6, when the taxi driver was spotted, to celebrate Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah’s 50th anniversary on the throne, making him the second longest-reigning monarch in the world.

Sources: ( abs-cbn.com , rappler.com , pcoo.gov.ph )

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