Sara Duterte hits ally’s ‘grossly unacceptable’ ouster from key House post
Robie de Guzman • March 3, 2020 • 683
MANILA, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, who chairs the regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) blasted the removal of Davao City Third District Representative Isidro Ungab as head of the House Committee on Appropriations in the lower chamber’s major shake-up on Monday.
In a statement on Tuesday, Duterte-Carpio said the HNP “strongly condemns” Ungab’s removal from the key House post, calling it “grossly unacceptable” and “disadvantageous” to the reform agenda being pushed by the Duterte government.
“For HNP, the ouster of Ungab was grossly unacceptable as it is disadvantageous to the Duterte administration’s reform agenda for the Filipino people and the country,” she said.
Also booted out from post is Oriental Mindoro Representative Paulino Salvador “Doy” Leachon as head of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal.
House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano earlier said Ungab and Leachon were removed from their posts because they were “more interested in funds and intrigues” than working with him.
The shake-up follows Cayetano’s accusations against Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco of attempting to stage a coup to grab the top House post.
Velasco has denied the allegation.
Duterte-Carpio said Ungab is a good soldier of the President who did his job with pride and principle.
She, however, denied any personal knowledge on the alleged coup attempt.
Meanwhile, Leachon claimed that Cayetano’s move was just a smokescreen of his alleged intention of not honoring the term-sharing agreement with Velasco as brokered by President Rodrigo Duterte.
“You’ve been telling that there was a coup in order to, as I said it was a smokescreen para pagtaguan ang tunay na dahilan na gusto mo magtagal sa position para diridiretso ang enjoyment ng kasamahan or ikaw partikular ka sa iyong probinsya to the detriment of other members,” he said.
It can be recalled that in July 2019, Duterte brokered a “15-21” term-sharing deal between Cayetano and Velasco to settle the conflict in the then-House speakership race.
Under the deal, Cayetano will serve the first 15 months while Velasco will serve the remaining 21 months of the three-year term. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte told local traffic management and law enforcers to observe “maximum tolerance” on the riders’ relationship when implementing the national policy on motorcycle back riding.
In a memorandum dated July 10, Duterte said a passenger should be allowed to ride pillion regardless of relationship to the driver as long as health safety requirements are followed.
Mayor Sara noted that in the memorandum from the Philippine National Police allowing the motorcycle back riding, riders are required to wear face mask and crash helmet and the use a barrier between the passenger and driver that covers the neck and does not extend beyond the top of the head of the driver.
The memo includes a photo of a sample wearable barrier that “is similar to a backpack.”
“In view of the above requirements, it seems that the relationship between the driver and the passenger is inconsequential given that these will be the same requirements that will be required for other individuals unrelated to each other. Please allow maximum tolerance in this regard,” Duterte said in her memo.
“Basta may barrier hindi na mag-ma-matter ang relationship ng driver sa passenger. In fact kung mag-rerequire ka ng barrier sa mag-asawa eh magsasama pa rin naman sila paggabi sa bahay at sa kwarto,” she said in a separate interview.
Mayor Sara said the wearable barrier is an alternative design that may be used in addition to the Bohol sample, referring to the makeshift protective shield design proposed by Bohol Governor Arthur Yap. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lucille Lloren)
Passengers arriving at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport may avail of free and voluntary testing novel for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) starting June 29, the Davao City government said.
In a statement, the city government said that all air passengers who arrived in Davao City on June 8, 2020, whether experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or asymptomatic, can also avail of the testing.
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the free reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing for air passengers is one of the city government’s efforts to find carriers of coronavirus and curb the spread of the viral disease in Davao City.
“Isa pa ni sa atoang mga pamaagi nga mangita og mga pasyente. Lahi pa ni sa mga ginabuhat nato sa atoang contact-tracing, sa atoang case-finding dinha sa mga communities,” Duterte-Carpio said.
(This is one of our ways in finding patients, apart from the contact-tracing and case-finding in our communities.)
“So, duna tay budget sa atoang Bayanihan Grant nga napasa atong April and atoang gamiton ni para sa katong voluntary ang free testing for passengers who arrived by airplane beginning June 8 until the present,” she added.
(We have a budget from our Bayanihan Grant that was passed last April, and we will use it for the voluntary and free testing for passengers who arrived by airplane beginning June 8 until the present.)
Around 1,000 RT-PCR testing kits are ready for the free and voluntary testing for passengers who arrived in Davao City from June 8, 2020, to the present.
“Duna tay listahan, but sa pagka karon nangita lang ta og volunteers. Asymptomatic or symptomatic – meaning naa moy ubo, naa moy sip-on o wala, gikaluntura mo or wala, pwede mo magpa libreng testing sugod sa Monday,” she said.
(We have a list but for now we are looking for volunteers. Asymptomatic or symptomatic – meaning if you have cough, colds, or fever, or even if you don’t have these, you may avail of the free testing starting on Monday.)
Before the start date, the city government said it will release the full details on how to avail of the free testing.
Meantime, air travel passengers may reach out to the COVID-19 Task Force Operation Center for the details on how they can avail of the free testing.
Those interested in the initiative may contact Davao City’s COVID-19 OpCen through 0917 508 6548 for Globe users; 0919 071 1111 for Smart users; or, dial (082) 244-0181 for information.
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has called on motorcycle riders to wait for the official guidelines on motorcycle back-riding to be released by the national Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).
In a statement, Duterte-Carpio stressed that back-riding on motorcycle remains prohibited under current IATF rules as this practice do not promote physical distancing against the spread of novel coronavirus disease.
Malacañang earlier said that the national task force will soon release a set of guidelines in response to growing calls for the return of motorcycle back-riding due to difficulty in securing public transportation amid community quarantine restrictions.
“Maghulat ta aning guidelines nga gina-ingon nila [National Task Force – NTF] sa back-riding. Dunay guidelines na mogawas, so kining guidelines atong hulaton because as I’ve said kaniadto pag sugod sa IATF, ang mga guidelines, mao na ang sundon sa tanang LGUs,” Duterte-Carpio said.
(Let us wait for the guidelines on back-riding. There will be guidelines that will come out. As I have said before when the IATF was established, the guidelines are to be followed by all LGUs.)
Meanwhile, the 18th City Council on Tuesday passed a resolution supporting the national government in allowing back riding in motorcycle but such national policy should not only limit for family members as back riders but also for the public.
Second District Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, the proponent of the resolution, said that this is to address the difficulty of finding public transportation under the general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).
“The return of motorcycle as one of the modalities of public transportation considered as sustainable and predictable in terms of route availability opens the general public a choice to avail of and at the same time, propel economic activity for these drivers who long to recover from this pandemic,” the resolution reads.
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