President Duterte was concerned about his son Baste’s COVID-19 infection.
On Thursday, Malacañang said that President Rodrigo Duterte was concerned about his son Davao City Vice Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte after the latter had tested positive for COVID-19.
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said in his regular press briefing that the President was concerned about his son after the latter had tested positive for coronavirus disease.
“Of course, the President is concerned, as a father.Bagama’t one thing for vice mayor is siya po ay bata at malusog. Talaga naman pong immune system ang lumalaban dito sa COVID-19,” Roque said.
However, Roque said that he’s uncertain if the President had met with his son after the positive COVID-19 test finding became known. President Duterte was in Davao City when news about his son’s diagnosis went out.
Roque’s statement came after Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio confirmed on Wednesday that Baste had tested positive for COVID-19.
In a radio interview, Roque said that it was uncertain if Baste was hit with the Delta COVID-19 variant.
“Hindi po natin alam iyan. Pero, wala pa naman pong napapaulat na Delta variant na nakakarating po ng Davao,” Roque told DZRH.
Roque, meanwhile, said that he’s unsure if Baste’s condition will affect the first family’s attendance at President Duterte’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 26. So far, only Mayor Sara had confirmed that she can’t make it to the said event.
According to Roque, he didn’t know if Deputy Speaker Paolo “Pulong” Duterte will be able to attend the said event and he understood that the number of members of Congress attending will be very limited.
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