Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has given birth to her second baby boy with her husband, lawyer Mans Carpio, according to a report by ABS-CBN News. The baby, whom they have nicknamed Stonefish, was born at Davao Doctors' Hospital via C-section at 12:56 p.m. today, and weighs 5.3 pounds (2.42 kgs).
The new dad took to Instagram to announce the new arrival. "Thank you, Lord, for the gift of life," Carpio wrote as caption. He also said that his wife is "stable" and "generally fine," according to a report by Inquirer.net.
Davao City's official Facebook page also posted the photo, congratulating the couple. Inday Sara and Mans are already parents to two children, daughter Sharkey, 7, and son Stingray, 3.
"The President is delighted with the arrival of his newest apo, and he is glad that both Mayor Inday Sara and Stonefish are healthy and stable," said Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella in a message to reporters via Rappler.com.
Inday Sara, as she is fondly called by her family, friends, and constituents in Davao, announced through a statement in August 2016 that she's expecting triplets. It was released before the Kadayawan Festival, an annual thanksgiving festival held in Davao.
"We are expecting triplets and they are doing well on their 7th week. The human body is made to carry just one baby and I am experiencing threefold all the pregnancy symptoms that a woman goes through," Sara revealed. She apologized for not being able to take part in the festivities as she was advised by her doctors to avoid crowded places to "lessen the chances of acquiring infections." Despite her delicate pregnancy, she remained on top of her duties as head of the city during her pregnancy.
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A month after her pregnancy announcement, Sara revealed during a speaking engagement in Davao in September that she lost two of the babies in her womb. "I lost my identical twins. Monday, I wasn't feeling well, so nagpunta ako sa doctor and said I'm not feeling very good. So she checked and told me na-arrest na raw ang heartbeats ng identical twins, but fighting pa ang isa," the mom of two said.