- Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio defended her father’s decision to fly to their hometown
- She said that under the IATF guidelines, President Rodrigo Duterte is exempted from travel restrictions as the top frontliner of the country
- Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque had earlier said that the reasons for the President’s visit are to see his family and assess the COVID-19 situation in Mindanao
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has defended her father President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent trip to Davao.
After two months of being away, the President decided to fly back to his hometown despite the domestic flights being banned under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila. Inday Sara defended her father’s decision.
She said that the President is exempted from travel restrictions under IATF Guideline dated 15 May 2020 Sec. 7 (2) and Notam DIA exemption to restricted travel 2) government flights. As Davao City moved to General Community Quarantine, military and government flights are now allowed under the IATF Guideline for aviation transport, announced by the Department of Transportation.
During a liv
e interview on Davao City Disaster Radio, Inday Sara said, “Si PRD [President Duterte] is allowed to move around the country, not just Davao City. Wala nay mas frontline pa sa atoang tanan sa Presidente sa atoang nasud [Ang Presidente ang nasa pinaka-frontline dito sa ating bansa]”
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, who also serves as vice chair of the National Task Force against COVID-19, had earlier defended Duterte’s Davao trip. He said as the highest official of the country, the President is exempted from flight restrictions.
“I think the President’s flight is one of those exemptions being the highest official of the land. He has the authority to go anywhere he wants and being the chief executive, chief implementor of all the laws of the land he can go wherever he wants as long as health standards and protocol are observed,” Año told ANC on Monday
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque earlier clarified that the reasons for Duterte’s Davao trip were to visit his family whom he has not seen in two months and also to assess the COVID-19 situation in Mindanao.
“COVID-19 has affected not just one part of the country but the entire Philippines,” added Roque.