NO SUGAR COATING   Mayor Sara promises frank State of City Address

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio promises a frank State of the City Address (SOCA) on Tuesday.

“It will be very realistic. We will not sugar coat anything,” Duterte said during Monday’s flag-raising ceremony at city hall grounds.

The SOCA, according to Mayor Sara, will start with the current state of the city in the different aspects: economic, social and security.

She will then proceed to mention the accomplishments and the promises that the city government under her watch will still have to implement.

Also, she will list down the projects and programs the city government is set to implement in 2019.

This will be the presidential daughter’s sixth SOCA who first took oath as the city’s first lady mayor in 2010 for a three-year term. She gave way to then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who returned to city hall in 2014.  She was then elected city mayor again in 2016 when her father Rodrigo Duterte, ran and won for president that year.

Mayor Sara’s SOCA last year centered on the 10 priority areas of concerns of her government such as poverty alleviation, infrastructure development, solid waste management, education, health, agriculture, tourism, transportation planning and traffic management, peace and order, and disaster risk reduction and mitigation.

She then underscored the contribution of these projects to the security and sustainable development of the city.

She also highlighted Byaheng DO30 program’s accomplishmentsz in social services program, such as the medical assistance under the Lingap sa Mahirap project, a medical assistance which have benefited indigents; improvement of city shelters for abused women, elderly, children in conflict with the law, mentally-challenged children.

When asked to comment on her reported opposition to the appointment of  Court Administrator Midas Marquez for associate justice in the Supreme Court (SC), Mayor Sara

refused to relay further details, as it is now under the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC).

A week before, Duterte already gave a preview of her opposition in a press release, accusing a certain SC aspirant, whom she did not name at that time.

The mayor said that it was Marquez himself who was the one communicating with the Sheriffs Confederation of the Philippines (Scophil) and to Court Sheriff Abe Andres to withdraw the disbarment case against the lady mayor.

Duterte was petitioned for disbarment for punching Andres during a demolition of informal settlers’ houses in Barangay Soliman in Agdao District.