Sara Duterte pregnant with triplets

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 19 2016 11:45 AM | Updated as of Aug 19 2016 02:19 PM

Inday Sara, daughter of presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte stands beside the Du30 campaign tour bus in Samar on April 11, 2016. Jonathan Cellona ABS-CBN News

The First Family is getting new members, with Davao City Mayor and presidential daughter Inday Sara Duterte announcing that she is seven weeks pregnant with triplets.

In a statement, she explained her absence during the festivities at Kadayawan 2016, while announcing the First Family's newest blessing.

"On this happy note, I would also like to share with you the news that I am pregnant and cannot join you in merrymaking activities," Duterte said.

"We are expecting triplets and they are doing well on their 7th week," she said.

Sara Duterte's ultrasound report showing she is pregnant with triplets. Photo by Vina Araneta, ABS-CBN News

Sara said it's been a difficult pregnancy so far but she vows to continue working as the city's chief executive as long as her health permits.

"The human body is made to carry just one baby and I am experiencing threefold all the pregnancy symptoms that a woman goes through." Duterte said.

"I will continue to work until I am allowed by the doctors to do so, however, I have been advised to avoid crowded places to lessen the chances of acquiring infections," she added.

Duterte also assured her constituents.

"I may be physically weak but rest assured that I am on top of the situation here in our city," she said.

Her pregnancy also explains Sara's absence during the first State of the Nation Address of her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, last July 25.

Sara is married to lawyer Manases Carpio. They have two kids, Sharky, 7, and Stingray, 3.

- with reports from Vina Araneta, ABS-CBN News