Duterte siblings proclaimed winners in Davao polls
Robie de Guzman • May 15, 2019 • 3324
Three of President Rodrigo Duterte’s children were proclaimed as winners of the 2019 midterm elections in Davao City.
Based on the report of UNTV News and Rescue’s C-NEWS correspondent, Janice Ingente on Wednesday, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio will serve another term following her landslide victory.
She garnered 580,058 votes in the mayoral race while her sole opponent, independent candidate Jun Marcellones only got 4,262 based on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) tally.
Sara will serve along with her brother, Sebastian “Baste” Duterte who ran unopposed as vice mayor.
Meanwhile, their eldest brother, former vice mayor Paolo “Pulong” Duterte secured a seat in the House of Representatives representing the first district of the city. He got 197,024 votes against his rivals, independent candidates Rex Labis and Susan Uyanguren who garnered 2,121 and 5,118 votes, respectively.
The three siblings were proclaimed at past 8 p.m. on Tuesday. However, they were not present during the proclamation and their lawyers received their certificates of canvass on their behalf.
In a Facebook post, Paolo expressed his gratitude for those who supported and believed in him.
“Sa mga katawhan sa unang distrito sa Davao, dako akong pasalamat sa inyong pagpili kanako isip inyong representante sa Kongreso,” he said in a visayan dialect.
(To the people of the first District of Davao, thank you very much for choosing me as your representative to the Congress)
“I am truly humbled and at the same time honored for your trust and support in me,” he added.
He also thanked his family, friends and volunteers who helped him win his bid for a congressional seat.
“Dako sab akong pasalamat sa mga volunteers, sa akong mga higala, ug sa akong pamilya sa ilang dedikasyon ug kakugi aron iduso ang ating tinguha nga makatabang kita sa kalambuan sa unang distrito sa atong mahal nga siyudad,” he said.
(I would also like to thank our volunteers, my friends, and my family for their dedication and determination to push for our goal to help in improving the city’s first district)
“Makalaom kamo nga ako dili lamang inyong tingog ug kusog sa Kongreso kundili kaabaga usab ni President Rody Duterte aron makab-ot niini ang iyang mga plano ug pangandoy para sa nasud,” he added.
(You can be assured that I will not only serve as your voice in Congress but also a helping shoulder for President Rody Duterte in order to realize his plans and dreams for the nation)
It would be the first in Congress for Paolo, who quit his vice mayoral post in 2017 after his name was implicated in a Senate inquiry on the smuggling of illegal drugs in the country.
While this will be the third and last term for Sara, it would be the first time for her brother Sebastian to join the political arena.
MANILA, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte called on other local government units not to restrict the movement of people within areas in the Davao region that are under general community quarantine (GCQ).
Duterte issued the statement during an interview over Davao City Disaster Radio on Wednesday following reports that some workers traveling from Davao Oriental and Davao de Oro to Davao City are being required to present documents and undergo a 14-day quarantine before granting them passage to Davao del Norte.
“That’s what I’ve been saying, for those of you who are ranting on Facebook, Sirs and Ma’ams, you should have prepared for this during the ECQ (enhanced community quarantine) because movement between GCQ areas would be allowed,” she said, apparently referring to officials of LGUs in neighboring areas.
Citing Section 7 (3) of the Omnibus Guidelines on the implementation of the community quarantine in the Philippines issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID), Duterte said the interzonal movement of persons between areas placed under GCQ for any purpose other than leisure is permitted.
“Is employment a leisure? It’s not, so they are allowed to move. There is a confusion on your part that you need to resolve,” she said.
The mayor also said that subjecting workers passing through the province to Davao City to a two-week quarantine was “unreasonable.”
“It’s unreasonable that those who are just passing through your area to return to work (in Davao City), who are not even working in your area will be subjected to a 14-day quarantine. I don’t think it’s right preparation,” she said.
The entire Davao region, including Davao City, is under GCQ from May 16 to May 31.
The presidential daughter said that if other LGUs continue to restrict the movement of people to and from their areas then they should have instead opted for an extension of enhanced community quarantine implementation.
“Kung dili mo gusto magpasulod sa inyohang LGU, ipasaka mo to an ECQ because during an ECQ dili pwede mosulod, dili pwede mogawas. But during a GCQ, kung ang imohang silingan GCQ, ikaw GCQ, pwede mo magbiyahe for Category I, II, III na offices and establishments for work,” she said.
(If you do not allow entry, you raise your (quarantine level) to ECQ because during ECQ you don’t allow entry and exit. But during GCQ, if your neighbor is GCQ and you are GCQ, you can travel to offices and establishments categorized as I, II, III for work.)
In another statement, she, however, clarified that she is not intimidating nor dictating other local leaders about movement restrictions.
Instead, Duterte said she only requested them to refrain from asking “unnecessary” documents from people traveling to their areas.
“Ang ginaingon lang nako sa ilaha, ayaw pangayui ang tao og travel order, mangayo pa sila og seal, mangayo pa og tinuod nga pirma nako because that is not required. Ayaw ninyo pangayui ang mga tao og ing-ana. Kung ang tao moingon nga empleyado sila, di ba allowed man mo-move for work, kung ang tao moingon siya nga nagatrabaho ko diha, pangitai ninyo og ID,” the mayor stressed.
(What I told them is not to ask for a travel order, a (Davao City) seal, my original signature because that is not required. Don’t ask people for that. If the persons say they are workers are they not allowed to move for work? You can ask for an ID.)
Mayor Sara also pointed out that prohibiting the entry of people through lockdowns does not guarantee protection from the coronavirus.
She said LGUs should instead ready their local government for the possible surge of COVID-19 patients.
“Ang makaprotect po sa imoha is mag andam ka imohang prevention measures, mag-andam ka sa imohang detection especially sa inyohang surveillance, mag-andam mo sa inyohang testing,” she said.
(What will protect you is your prevention measures, prepare your detection measures especially with surveillance, and ready with testing.)
“So dapat nangita na mo og mga tao dinha sa inyohang lugar nga ginasubmit ninyo for testing because naga manifest sila og symptoms sa COVID-19. Mag andam po mo og treatment ug reintegration. Mao dapat na ang nagafunction karon nga GCQ na ang inyohang area,” she added.
(So look for the people you submitted for testing if they manifest the COVID-19 symptoms. Prepare treatment and reintegration. That is how you function under GCQ.)
The Davao City government has spent at least P476 million for its response against the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Mayor Sara Duterte said.
In an interview over Davao City Disaster Radio, Duterte said the fund was sourced from the city’s internal revenue allotment (IRA) under the national budget.
She said the city’s one month IRA amounted to P476 million and all local government units (LGUs) have been mandated by the national government to spend the budget for COVID-19 response.
Aside from the P476 million, Mayor Sara also said that the city also sourced out funds from its 2020 budget, which include the peace and order fund, City Mayor’s Office, and Public Enhancement Service Fund.
Duterte said the city’s biggest expenditure remains for food, including rations to residents.
As of May 8, the city has already distributed a total of 788,656 food packs. The food rationing started on March 23.
Aside from food rations, the city government also shouldered the hospital expenses of COVID-19 patients and the cost of cremation for those who succumbed to the virus.
Duterte earlier announced she has donated her one-year salary to a trust fund to help medical workers acquiring the disease from their work.
As of May 20, the city has recorded a total of 206 coronavirus infections, with 25 fatalities and 100 recoveries.
MANILA, Philippines – All passengers arriving in Davao City via sweeper flights from Manila will undergo strict protocols, including testing and screening, Mayor Sara Duterte said.
In a statement on Monday, Duterte said two sweeper flights from Manila are scheduled to arrive at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport on Tuesday, May 12 and Thursday, May 14.
These flights will carry passengers, mostly overseas Filipino workers who returned to the country amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Duterte did not provide the specific number of arriving passengers via these special flights green-lighted by the Department of Transportation Task Force in Manila.
“We have our procedure dinhi sa atoa sa Davao International Airport na side. That is the best we can do sa pagkakaron, sa procedure sa entry sa returning residents,” the mayor said in an interview over the Davao City Disaster Radio.
(We have our procedure here in Davao. That is the best we can do as of now for the entry of returning residents.)
Duterte said that upon arrival, all passengers will be given screening cards and a rapid testing kit (RDT). They are also obliged to undergo strict self-quarantine and monitoring.
Passengers manifesting symptoms within the 14-day quarantine are required to inform their District/Barangay Health Officer and go to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC).
They are also required to undergo symptom screening on the 7th day and 14th day from the date of their arrival.
The implementation of these measures follow the two roundtrip sweeper flights facilitation by the city government on May 4 and 6 where one of the 270 passengers it carried from Manila tested positive for COVID-19.
“I-expect na na ninyo. Na everytime naay bulk of people nga mosulod, naa gyud nay positive. Ang mga tao should not expect nga walay surge nga mahitabo kung nagpasulod ta og mga tao,” the mayor said.
(Expect that every time there is a bulk of people entering the city, there will be a positive case. People should not expect that there is no surge that would happen if we let people enter.)
As of 8 a.m. on May 11, 2020, Davao City has recorded 57 active COVID-19 cases with 22 deaths and 81 recoveries.
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