Cutting leave short

Sara sets to meet restaurateurs to discuss ordinances
MAYOR Sara Duterte-Carpio will not be taking the entire two full months of her maternity leave.

Days after giving birth to baby boy Marko Digong or Stonefish, Carpio told TIMES that she would only be on maternity leave from March 2 to April 2, one month less than the leave she is due.

“I can’t do my full maternity leave because I need to sign documents in April that only a mayor can sign,” Carpio said.

In fact, even during her leave, the Presidential daughter has scheduled her first public appearance since begging off from public events July last year due to her delicate pregnancy to triplets.

The mayor is expected to make a public appearance today to hundreds of bar owners, restaurateurs, and proprietors of related business establishments.

Carpio said it would be an update of the enforcement of laws that mainly relate to such line of business.

Initial information shows the bar owners will be reminded of the city’s strict anti-smoking ordinance and liquor ban, among other ordinances.

The meeting will be held at the Grand Menseng Hotel, 11 a.m.

Meanwhile, Carpio kept mum on the revelation of her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, that she reportedly resigned from being mayor a day after taking her oath.

President Duterte made the revelation in a speech in Myanmar, where he is currently visiting as a part of the final leg of his tour to ASEAN member nations.

The elder Duterte said his daughter filed the resignation paper on July 1. But apparently, the president did not accept the resignation.

President Duterte admitted that his daughter was forced to run for the city’s top post.

“Ayaw na kasi magtakbo ‘yan eh. Ayaw na talaga niya. Sabi niya, nababastos lang ako sa pagka-mayor ko, wala naman ako nakukuha,” President Duterte said. “Na-pressure siya. Marami nang pumasok. Na-pressure siya kaya tumakbo.”

Mayor Carpio has not been in the limelight after taking her oath as the city mayor.

Right after taking her oath, Carpio filed a leave of absence.

A day before she was set to return to work on July 23, a Saturday, Carpio denied reports circulating on the social media that she was resigning.

Days before the Kadayawan, she announced that she was pregnant with triplets and that her public appearance would be limited as her doctor advised her to keep away from crowded places.

She then made off-and-on public appearances.

A day after the Sept. 2 Roxas Night Market explosion, Carpio made a public appearance during the Holy Mass at the blast site. She then issued a statement three days after the incident.

A week after the bombing, Carpio confirmed the “fetal demise” of two of her triplets.

After that, news about Mayor Carpio was on the low.

But right after the government and the communist group unsuccessful ended the peace talks, she issued a statement on Feb. 20 saying that she was willing to initiate a local peace talk, following a series of offensives staged by New People’s Army (NPA) in the city.

On March 2, she gave birth to Stonefish.