President Marcos Visits Davao, Recalls Fond Memories Despite Tension with Former President Duterte
President Marcos recently visited Davao City and shared his fond memories of the city, despite a testy exchange about drug use with former president Rodrigo Duterte. During the ceremonial turnover of electronic land titles to over 2,000 beneficiaries of the agrarian reform program at the Rizal Memorial Colleges Gym, Mayor Sebastian Duterte was notably absent.
Marcos expressed his happiness in returning to Davao and reminisced about the friendships he made with the people of the city. He credited Vice President Sara Duterte for the public transport modernization project, highlighting her role as the former mayor of Davao City.
Despite the absence of Mayor Baste, Marcos reassured the public that his relationship with Vice President Sara Duterte remains intact. During the visit, Marcos distributed over 2,500 land titles to agrarian reform beneficiaries and emphasized that his administration is committed to providing support to farmers beyond land distribution.
In addition to the land title distribution, Marcos also conducted an aerial inspection of the flooding in the region and inaugurated the Davao City Bulk Water Supply Project. He also presided over a situation briefing with Cabinet and local officials on the flooding caused by the shear line and low-pressure area in the Davao region, with the Vice President joining the briefing.
The visit served as a platform for President Marcos to underscore his administration’s efforts to support economic progress, particularly in Mindanao. His presence in Davao and collaboration with local officials and leaders showcased his dedication to addressing the needs of the people in the region.