Duterte opted to ‘work from home’ instead of 3-day rest

Marje Pelayo   •   November 12, 2019   •   665

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins other leaders during the plenary session of the 16th Annual Meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club at the Polyana 1389 Hotel in Sochi, Russia on October 3, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to go home to Davao City after visiting the wake of businessman John Gokongwei Jr. on Monday night (November 11).

Earlier, Malacañang announced that President Duterte will have a break from his pressing schedule and spend time with his family for three days.

However, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President declined the suggestion and instead, opted to work from home.

“While the demands of pressing work that go along with the highest position of the land are unceasing, the people can rest assured that the President can keep up with the same and is in the best position to know how he can maintain to be on top of his health,” Panelo said.

On Monday, Malacañang clarified that President Duterte’s decision to stay in his home in Davao City is not health related and there is no reason for him to file an official leave.

“Well upon the advice of friends, of colleagues, and the world it seems and most likely upon the advice of doctors also to take a respite from his punishing schedule. (No medical concern?) Wala naman (None at all,)” Panelo assured. – MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

Computer loan para sa mga kawani ng pamahalaan, handog ng GSIS

Maris Federez   •   November 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Upang makatugon sa pangangailangang ng mga kawani ng pamahalaan at ng kani-kanilang mga pamilya pagdating sa teknolohiya, ipinahayag ng Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) ang computer loan program ng ahensya.

Ayon kay Ginoong Deity Manampan, ang Officer-in-Charge ng Visayas Office ng GSIS, ang programang ito ay ginhawang handog para sa mga work-from-home employee at sa online distance learning ng kanilang mga anak.

Ang maximum amount na maaaring utangin ng mga empleyado ay Php30,000 at ito ay babayaran sa loob ng isang taon na mayroong 6% per annum interest rate.

Ayon kay Manampang sa milyong miyembro ng GSIS, 282 members pa lamang ang nag-avail ng nasabing proyekto.

Kaya naman hinihikayat ng opisyal ang mga GSIS member na huwag palampasin ang pagkakataon na maka-avail sa programa.

“As of yesterday, nasa 282 members lamang po ang nabigyan ng loan, and that’s amounting to Php8.4 million. Millions po ang miembro ng GSIS bakit nasa 282 pa lamang ang  nagloloan ng computer loan? Ako po ay nananawagan na iavail na po ito sa lalong madaling panahon,” ani Manampan.

Paalala pa ng opisyal, ang programang ito ay hanggang December 31, 2021 na lamang. —/mbmf

Davao City Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte withdraws COC

Robie de Guzman   •   November 9, 2021

Davao City Vice Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte has withdrawn his reelection bid for the 2022 elections.

In a statement posted on Facebook on Tuesday, Duterte confirmed that he has withdrawn his candidacy and nominated Davao City Councilor Melchor Quitain Jr. as his substitute.

“I am deeply grateful to the Dabawenyos for the support they have given me all this time,” he said.

He did not say the reason behind his withdrawal from the vice mayoral race.

“I have no other details to share at the moment. Thank you,” he said.

Early media reports stated that Baste withdrew his candidacy as instructed by his sister, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

Baste, one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s sons, filed his certificate of candidacy for reelection on Oct. 3, while Quitain initially declared his bid to run for a third term as city councilor.

Davao City lifts curfew hours, 24-hour liquor ban

Robie de Guzman   •   October 26, 2021

After almost a year, the government of Davao City lifted the curfew in all public places and the 24-hour ban on liquor amid declining cases of COVID-19 in the city.

In an executive order, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the 24-hour ban on selling of alcoholic beverages has been eased and would take effect from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Duterte-Carpio, however, said that serving of liquor for consumption in bars, restaurants, sari-sari stores, palengke (wet market), videoke, and other business establishments, and drinking liquor in all public places are still prohibited.

The modified liquor ban will be effective from October 26, 2021 to January 1, 2022.

Aside from easing ban on the sale of liquors, the city government also lifted the 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew in public places, also starting on October 26 to allow more mobility for residents and visitors in the city.

Mass gatherings, however, will remain limited. The city government also reminded the public to continue adhering to health protocols and to observe proper ventilation when in a closed space.

Duterte-Carpio said the local government intends to gradually reopen the city amid decreasing infections and increasing vaccination rate.

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