Mayor Inday Sara Duterte defended her father President Rodrigo Duterte after the latter decided to back to Davao City despite the domestic flight banned being implemented under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).
In an interview with Davao City Disaster Radio, Inday Sara said that as the President of the country, her father is considered as the top front liner of the country.
“So wala nay mas frontliner pa sa atong tanan sa presidente sa atong nasud (He’s the top frontliner as president of our country.)” Mayor Duterte said.
Inday Sara refused to answer other questions about her father’s stay in Davao City citing that the presidential spokesperson should speak on behalf of the chief executive.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque already explained that as the chief executive of the Philippines, he should also check the current situation of Mindanao amid the COVID-19 crisis.
“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is now in Davao City to visit his family whom he has not seen in months and to assess the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in Mindanao,” Roque said.
“COVID-19 has affected not just one part of the country but the entire Philippines. As a father of the nation, President Duterte — considering his age and comorbidities — is a hands-on working Chief Executive who spent his weekend to check how this global health scare impacted the lives of people on the ground, especially those living outside Metro Manila and Luzon,” he added.
Duterte is set to come back to Manila before the next IATF meeting.
For two months, President Duterte stayed in Manila and spent 75th birthday under quarantine in Malacanang.