Sara, Baste to skip father's 4th SONA

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 18 2019 02:41 AM

DAVAO CITY—All eyes will be on President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, July 22 as he delivers his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA).

But 2 of his children—Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Davao City Vice Mayor Baste Duterte—will be missing the gathering at the Batasang Pambansa.

Sara said she is on a medical leave.

"I am on a special medical leave for 60 days. Its a gyne (gynecological) condition," she said in a text message to ABS-CBN News.

Meanwhile, Baste would not attend his father's SONA because of a regular session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Davao.

"Diri nalang ko. Tan-aw nalang ko sa TV," he said in a press briefing on Wednesday.

(I'll just stay here [in Davao City.] I'll watch it on television.)

Last year, members of the first family were present during the ceremony.

—Report from Chrislen Bulosan, ABS-CBN News