MANILA, Philippines – Two of President Rodrigo Duterte’s children will not be attending this year’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) slated on the afternoon of July 22 (Monday).
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and her brother, Davao City Vice Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte, in separate press statements, said they will be missing the event at the Batasang Pambansa.
Sara said she is on a 60-day medical leave.
“It’s a gyne (gynecological) condition,” she said in a text message to reporters.
Meanwhile, Baste said he would have to attend the regular session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Davao.
The presidential son added he would just stay in the city and watch the event on television.
“Ako dili ko maka-attend ug SONA kay naa man gud tay session sa Tuesday ana so murag kapoy na pud nga mubalik pa ko ug sayo diri sa buntag so diri na lang ko, tan-aw na lang ko sa TV,” Baste said in a press briefing.
(I won’t be attending the SONA because we will have a session on Tuesday. It would be tiring for me to travel back to Davao early in the morning from Manila. So, I will just stay here, I’ll watch the event on TV.)
On the other hand, their eldest brother, Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte is expected to be present at the ceremony as he will attend the opening of the regular session of the 18th Congress on the morning of July 22.
Last year, all members of the Duterte family were present during the gathering.
MANILA, Philippines – Eleven people were hurt after a condominium building in Davao City was destroyed following a magnitude 6.5 earthquake that shook parts of Mindanao anew on Thursday morning.
Local authorities said the victims sustained minor injuries after a strong quake damaged the Ecoland 4000 condominium building around 9:24 a.m.
The wounded victims were identified as the following:
Catley Ubas, 27
Naser Enog, 27
Baswil Ledya, 60
Park Jung O, Korean, 61
Lydia Notarte, 60
Luisa Basuil, 32
Arwind Basuil, 6
Ariah Basuil, 4
Aljun Betalueno, 23
Reymart Fadrique, 23
Authorities said the victims received treatment on-site before they were brought to a hospital for further assessment.
Eight other building occupants were able to escape unharmed.
The City’s Central 911 said rescuers are still searching and inspecting all floors of the building.
The condominium has 56 units but only 15 were occupied at the time of the collapse.
The building was among the structures that sustained heavy damage after a magnitude 6.6 quake hit Cotabato and other areas in Mindanao on Tuesday, Oct. 29.
According to Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, unit owners had been ordered to immediately evacuate the building after the City disaster officials found cracks on the structure following Tuesday’s quake.
The City Engineer’s Office also recommended the condemnation of the building.
However, some of the tenants insisted to stay in their units as they have yet to find a place to transfer to.
“We will have to check if they (owner of the building) can be held liable over the incident based on the investigation of our legal department,” Duterte-Carpio said in a mix of Cebuano and English languages.
The mayor also reiterated the strict implementation of local policy on building height limit which aims to regulate the growth and development, as well as conform to flight safety regulations.
“Requiring the limitations of building heights in certain areas depending on their area in the city’s zoning ordinance. That is being implemented. We really need that ordinance not just for disasters but also for urban planning, foot, and traffic congestion,” she said.
The city government of Davao earlier reported that 27 areas were confirmed to have sustained minor damages due to the tremor.
But Duterte-Carpio assured the public that roads and bridges across the city have been declared safe following the inspection.
She also assured that the local government is on top of the situation and that her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, should focus more on areas that were heavily damaged by the quake.
The elder Duterte was in his residence in Davao City when the strong quake struck Thursday morning.
His house sustained cracks on the walls and ceiling but Malacañang assured the chief executive is safe.
“Hindi pa kami nagkausap ni President Duterte but we reassure the President that the City Government of Davao is on top of the situation here in Davao so that he can focus more on areas na malaki din ang damage like Tulunan, Kidapawan in North Cotabato,” the mayor said.
Duterte-Carpio also shared that Davao City has extended assistance to areas that were hit by the strong earthquake, such as Tulunan and Kidapawan towns in North Cotabato, and Bansalan and Digos town in Davao del Sur.
“We sent grocery packs with rice, canned goods, and noodles,” she said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Marisol Montaño)
MANILA, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio mingled with world leaders as she represented her father, President Rodrigo Duterte at a banquet for Japan’s Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo on Tuesday.
Wearing a brightly colored terno, Malacañang said the presidential daughter used the event to spend time and “network” with world leaders who attended the gala at the Imperial Palace.
The Palace added that Mayor Sara was also able to meet and talk with Japanese Emperor Naruhito and his wife, Empress Masako, as well as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the banquet.
Sara Duterte attended the Tuesday’s event on behalf of her father who opted to skip the banquet to return home after attending the Japanese Emperor’s enthronement ceremony due to his aching spine.
“The Office of the President wishes to relay its gratitude to Mayor Duterte for stepping up and properly and elegantly representing the country in the President’s stead as the latter was constrained to leave Tokyo for Manila earlier that evening,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.
Wednesday night, Sara Duterte will also represent the country at the Prime Minister’s banquet. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – An expert said he was impressed with the manner in which President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his policies to the people in his fourth state of the nation address (SONA).
Dr. Dennis Coronacion, Chairman of UST’s Department of Political Science believes that the President’s rhetorical style was able to connect him to the Filipino people.
“Kasi kung aalalahanin natin ang sinabi niya sa SONA, napaka-simple ng kanyang mga salita, (If you recall what he was saying in his SONA, his words were very simple),” he observed.
“Even the humor, mabenta sa mga Pilipino except meron mga negative reaction doon sa kanyang mga sexist na mga jokes na hindi na nawawala sa ating pangulo, (Filipinos accept even his humor except that negative reactions come when he speaks of sexist jokes which are inevitable with our President),” he added.
Dr. Coronacion also noted how the President directly addressed the Filipino people in his speech.
“I have met the enemy face-to-face and sadly, the enemy is “us.” We are our own tormentors — addressing the Filipino people — we are our own demons,” the President said in his SONA in July 22.
Dr. Coronacion said it was the first time that he heard the President speaking from a moral point of view or from a moral stand point without excluding himself from the problems.
Prof. Coronacion explained that among the points the Filipinos lauded in the President’s SONA were his proposed reforms that would ease the public’s burden such as streamlining government services particularly the process of license applications as well as his drive against corruption.
These were among the President’s major agenda in his SONA that he directed to the Filipinos.
“Kayo rin kasi sinasabi ko na sa inyo, (I blame you for [corruption] and I am telling you this), be assertive,” the President said.
“Kapag kayo o ikaw hiningian (If someone asked you to pay) more than the required payment by government at humingi pa sa iyo (and asked for more), I’ve been telling you mag-eskandalo kayo sa opisina (start a commotion in the office). Make a scene. Sampalin mo kasi aabot rin sa akin iyan, (Slap him/her if you can because eventually that will be reported to me),” he added.
This statement, Dr. Coronacion said, and the President’s style of repeating his point made his speech more effective.
“Halimbawa, tapos na niyang sabihin noong una parte ng kanyang speech, uulitin na naman niya noong kalagitnaan at bago na naman siya magtapos inulit na naman niya. Sabi niya improvement of government services,” he observed.
(For example, he mentioned something at the beginning of his speech. Then he would repeat it midway through. Before he ends, he would again mention his point like improvement of government services.)
Prof. Coronacion said the President has maintained his rhetorical style that he has been practicing since he was mayor of Davao City, the same style that earned him high performance ratings until today.
However, Prof. Coronacion said he disagrees with President Duterte in terms of his foreign policy especially his stand on the West Philippine Sea issue.
He believes that it would be better to include other claimant nations in resolving conflicts in the disputed territories.
“Like Indonesia, kapag nakikita nilang binu-bully sila they fight back. Pero pag ini-invite silang makipag-diplomatic talks, pinapayagan nila,” he explained.
(Like Indonesia. If they feel being bullied, they fight back. But if they are invited to diplomatic talks, they send representatives.)
Dr. Coronacion said the question now is how President Duterte will be able to accomplish all his plans given only three years before his term ends.
The President is expected to step down from office in 2022 when the Philippines will elect its 17th President.
By that time, Dr. Coronacion said, President Duterte’s allies will also be busy with their respective campaign initiatives. – with reports from Rey Pelayo
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