Task Force Davao boosts security after North Cotabato bombing incident

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 29, 2021   •   677

The Task Force Davao said it will heighten security in Davao City following the bombing incident in Tulunan, North Cotabato on Wednesday (January 27).

TF Davao Commander Consolito Yecla reported that additional personnel have been deployed to various checkpoints and buses that enter the city are thoroughly inspected.

“We immediately alerted our checkpoints and we conducted a thorough inspection, especially the bus passengers entering Davao City. We inspected the buses utilizing canine dogs and deployed additional personnel in the checkpoints, especially in the Sirawan checkpoint,” he said.

They also advised the management of the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) to implement the policy of not picking up of passengers outside the terminal.

Meanwhile, Davao City Police Office Chief Colonel Kirby John Kraft said beginning next week, all police stations in the city will have 24-hour checkpoints.

Travelers are also encouraged to cooperate during inspections and residents are reminded of the “no-unattended-baggage” policy, especially at terminals.

One elderly and seven others were hit by shrapnel from an explosion near a Yellow Bus unit on Wednesday. AAC 

Sara Duterte says she wants to finish last term as Davao City mayor; appeals for understanding from supporters

Robie de Guzman   •   October 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Wednesday appealed for understanding from  supporters who have been pushing her to seek a national position in the 2022 elections.

“Masakit din para sa aking damdamin na sana’y magpaubaya sa mga kaibigan na hindi ko maibigay ang gusto ninyo,” Duterte-Carpio wrote on her official Facebook page.

Various political groups have expressed their support for the presidential daughter should she decide to join the presidential race.

Duterte-Carpio’s supporters have also conducted various activities to convince her to run for president and file her candidacy before the deadline on Friday, Oct. 8.

The Davao City mayor has consistently topped pre-election surveys on presidential preferences who may replace her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, when his term ends in June 2022.

Despite all this, she still filed her certificate of candidacy for reelection as Davao City mayor.

Duterte-Carpio said she still has a lot to do in her city as she reiterated her earlier statement that she has no plans to seek a national post in next year’s polls.

“Gusto ko po sana tapusin muna ang huli kong termino sa Mayor bago ako manungkulan sa ibang position,” she said.

“Madami sa inyo ang nasasaktan, sumama ang loob at nawalan ng pag-asa pero puwede pa rin tayo magtulungan para sa ating bayan, di kailangan ng position, di kailangan ng tayo ay Pangulo upang makatulong,” she said.

“Gawin natin ang pagtulong sa kapwa sa araw-araw natin na pamumuhay. Maraming Salamat po,” she added.

Sara Duterte-Carpio earlier said that she would not run for president, citing their family’s agreement that only one of them should gun for a national position.

President Duterte previously said he will run as vice president but later withdrew his certificate of nomination and acceptance (CONA) and instead threw his support for the vice presidential bid of his former longtime aide, Senator Bong Go.

At the same time, he also announced his retirement from politics and mentioned that his daughter Sara will run with Go in 2022 polls.

The camp of Sara Duterte had no comment regarding the president’s statement.

 

Sara Duterte to take leave of absence from Oct. 5-8

Robie de Guzman   •   September 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte will take a few days off, from October 5 to 8, which is in time for the period of filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2022 elections.

Duterte revealed this during a radio interview on Monday.

Prior to this, the mayor also said she would be filing a leave of absence for medical purposes.

She did not elaborate on the health reasons behind her said break.

It can be recalled that Duterte also took a few days’ leave from Sept. 8 to Oct. 5, 2020, and on April 6 to 10, 2021 for health reasons.

She also disclosed that she is planning to take another leave in April 2022.

Duterte has announced her plans to seek re-election despite calls for her to join the presidential race in next year’s polls.

Davao City temporary limits COVID-19 swab tests due to lack of kits, lab repair

Robie de Guzman   •   September 14, 2021

The Davao City government on Tuesday said it has temporarily limited the conduct of COVID-19 RT-PCR tests for close contacts or F1 and individuals with flu-like illnesses (ILI).

In a statement, COVID-19 Task Force spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schlosser said that Davao City is currently experiencing a limited supply of detection kits.

The molecular laboratory extraction machine that runs swab specimens at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) is also under repair.

With this, the free RT-PCR swab testing for individuals who do not fall under F1 and ILI will not be accommodated from Monday, September 13, until further notice.

These include people tagged through the Safe DQR, surveillance and community swabbing for high-risk areas, and individuals who are getting an RT-PCR result for their health certificate.

“Ang atoang unahon is katong mga high risk individuals. Mao ni atoang close contacts or F1, katong naa jud direct contact sa known positive ug katong mga patients nga naga show og Covid-related symptoms. Typically naga positive gyud ni sila so unahon gyud nato sila,” Schlosser said.

(We will be prioritizing high-risk individuals. These are the close contacts or F1, those who are direct contacts of a known positive, and those patients showing Covid-related symptoms. Typically they turn out positive so we prioritize them.)

As the SPMC molecular laboratory is ongoing repair, specimens will be processed through the Los Amigos Molecular laboratory which can only run 450 specimens per day, as supposed to 1,500 specimens per day with the combined capacity of the two (2) molecular laboratories.

The public is also advised to expect a slight delay in the turnaround time of swab results.

In the meantime, Schlosser said that individuals may opt to go to a private COVID-19 laboratory at their own expense should they need an RT-PCR test result.

She assured residents that this will only be temporary and that the city is doing all it can to secure additional supplies.

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