Sara Duterte to skip father’s 5th SONA

Robie de Guzman   •   July 24, 2020   •   363

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, said she will not be attending the fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) of her father, President Rodrigo Duterte which is set to be held on Monday, July 27 at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.

In an interview over Davao City Disaster Radio on Wednesday, Duterte-Carpio said she is skipping this year’s SONA because she wants to avoid the cumbersome health requirements like going through swab testing and 14-day mandatory requirement as imposed on Davao-bound passengers to curb the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Hindi pa ako dumadaan sa RT-PCR testing and of course, pag ganyan babalik na naman ako sa pagho-home quarantine ng 14 days. It’s not something na I want to do again kay dumaan na ako sa ganyan,” she said referring to the time she underwent home quarantine last March after her meeting in Manila with Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, who came in contact with a COVID-19 patient.

Mayor Sara also said she would rather stay in Davao City than travel to Manila to witness her father address the nation.

She also advised the public to watch the president’s SONA to hear about his administration’s accomplishments and other plans before his term ends in 2022. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Marisol Montaño)

Davao City to lift liquor ban on September 21

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 14, 2020

The Davao City government is set to lift its liquor ban on September 21 to help business owners and employees in the liquor industry.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte will issue an executive order next week to lift the city’s liquor ban that was imposed in April. Duterte also clarified she is not lifting the liquor ban to accommodate people’s clamor for alcohol.

The Davao mayor also reiterated that beer pubs are still prohibited from operating since it is included in the negative list of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

“We did not lift the liquor ban for you. We lifted the liquor ban for the businesses and for the people who are working in the liquor business,” she said. AAC

Davao City ramps up security after deadly Jolo explosions

Robie de Guzman   •   August 26, 2020

Davao City is on heightened alert following the deadly bombings in Jolo, Sulu that left 14 people dead, and 75 others injured.

In a statement, the city government said Davao is on alert level three as recommended by the local Anti-Terror Council.

Angel Sumagaysay, head of the city’s Public Security and Safety Command Center (PSSCC), said they have coordinated with different security clusters to ramp up security measures.

Barangay officials and their force multipliers have also been instructed to safeguard their areas of responsibility and to immediately report suspicious persons to the Davao City Police Office and Task Force Davao.

The city’s Central 911 Call Center was also instructed to promptly answer any calls that may be vital to local security and relay the information to the city’s security units.

The Task Force Davao earlier said that even if it has not received any terror threat, it has ordered the deployment of additional maritime patrols in coordinating with the military units and officers of critical establishments. Motorcycles will also be prohibited from parking in the vicinity of Davao City Hall and other areas declared as maximum security zones.

Local authorities also urged residents to cooperate as there will be stricter inspections at checkpoints in all entry points of the city.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte likewise called on residents to remain vigilant as she emphasized their role in the city’s anti-terror measures.

She said Davao City is no stranger to any acts of terrorism in the city.

In September 2016, the city’s Roxas Night Market was rocked with an explosion which killed 15 people and injured 70 others.

“Kung dili ta magmatngon, maghatag og importance and dili magpakita ug care sa atoang siyudad, mahitabo gyud na diri sa atoa. (If we do not learn to give importance and care for our city, it will happen here),” she said in an interview over the Davao City Disaster Radio on Monday.

To report suspicious persons and activities in their community, residents may contact Task Force Davao hotline numbers Globe: 0917 131 4333, Smart: 0999 227 1111, and Tel. No: (082) 224 0911.

OFW groups satisfied with President’s SONA

Maris Federez   •   July 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Several groups of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) have expressed their gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte on his State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Around 300 Filipinos representing several groups of OFWs from different countries met online and simultaneously watched the President’s SONA.

They said the chief executive did not let them down as he urged Congress “to pass a law establishing the Department of Overseas Filipino solely on addressing the concerns of Filipinos abroad and their families.”

Last March, the lower House passed the creation of the Department of Filipino Overseas and Foreign Deployment. The Senate, on the other hand, is still hearing the bill.

In his SONA, the President reiterated his commitment of support to OFWs.

He called on the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and other agencies to allocate trainings and programs for OFWs.

With this, the United Filipino Global International thanked the president for his concern over them.

“The SONA speech of the president, I think we are very happy kasi alam naman po namin ang kaniyang intention. Ang kaniyang speech ay para talaga tumulong nang totoo na walang halong pamumulitiko,” said Gemma Sotto, chairperson of United Filipino Global International. — (from the report of Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf

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