By Junex Doronio
MANILA — It is no secret after all that amid the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio flew to Singapore the second time around.
On Wednesday, April 7, Duterte-Carpio confirmed that she went to Singapore for “personal health management.”
In a statement, the presidential daughter said she is on leave from April 6 to 10, 2021.
“I have a travel authority to Singapore from the DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government). The reason is personal health management,” Duterte-Carpio said.
She added: “All protocols for return to Davao City, including RT-PCR [COVID-19] testing and 14-day quarantine, have all been pre-arranged. Thank you.”
Earlier reports said the mayor flew to Singapore from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 in Pasay City on Tuesday afternoon, April 6.
This was the second time that the presidential daughter flew to Singapore for unspecified reasons.
It can be recalled that Duterte-Carpio took a seven-day medical leave last year from September 28 to October 5 wherein she also left for Singapore.
Last year, the mayor did not reveal the person whom she assisted during her leave.
But the Manila Bulletin reported on September 30 last year that the mayor left the country for Singapore on September 29 via Singapore Airlines from NAIA Terminal 3.
An airport source said Duterte-Carpio arrived at NAIA Terminal 2 via Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight from Davao at around 9 a.m. Tuesday.
By 2:15 p.m., she had boarded a Singapore-bound Singapore Airlines flight (SQ-917) from boarding gate no.115.
“Mayor Sara carried a child with her and was followed by her assistant and one PSG (Presidential Security Group) bodyguard,” the Manila Bulletin source said.
It was gathered that Singapore is best known for medical tourism.
An Economist Intelligence Unit report titled Singapore – A regional medical tourism hub, states that about 550,000 overseas patients visit the city-state every year to seek medical treatment.
On the other hand, the US-based International Healthcare Research Centre has tagged Singapore first in Asia in its Medical Tourism Index. Singapore’s position in the world ranking is a very respectable fourth.
Duterte-Carpio has three children. It cannot be ascertained as of this posting which child the mayor took with her. (AI/MTVN)