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On medical leave: Sara Duterte to skip father’s 4th SONA

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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte will skip President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.

In a text message to Abante/Politiko, Mayor Duterte said she has taken a 60-day “special medical leave” due to a “gyne condition” which she didn’t elaborate.

“I am on special medical leave for 60 days. It’s a gyne condition,” said Mayor Duterte.

Mayor Duterte also skipped his father’s first SONA in 2016 after being hospitalized.

Some political observers are reportedly monitoring the Mayor Duterte’s next move on whether or not she will attempt to influence the upcoming election for the next House Speaker. Her regional political party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) has been stood firmly behind its stand against term-sharing for the House leadership between Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco as proposed by the President.

HNP last week reiterated its stand against term-sharing for speakership that “it will slow down the last three years of the administration of President Duterte.”

The President’s daughter was reportedly the primary architect of the successful 2018 House coup that led to the ouster of former House Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez.

Mayor Duterte’s brother, Davao City Rep. Paolo Duterte hinted that a power scuffle may break out against the presumptive House Speaker, Cayetano at the opening of the 18th Congress this coming July 22 to prevent him from assuming the post.

The President was quick to dismiss his eldest son’s pronouncement, calling it “wishful thinking.”

But the chief executive issued another statement last Friday, saying that he sees no problem if ever congressmen decide not to abide with his recommendation on term-sharing and choose another formidable candidate for Speaker.

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