Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte gives birth to a healthy baby boy at 12:56 pm Thursday, March 2. With her is husband lawyer Manases Carpio. (Photo from City Information Office)

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Second update at 3:08 pm)—Mayor Sara Duterte has given birth to a healthy baby boy nicknamed “Stonefish” at 12:56 noon Thursday.

Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte posted on his Instagram account the family photo of her sister with husband Atty. Manases Carpio and the newborn child.

“Congratulations Inday and Mans! Hello Stonefish!,” the Vice Mayor wrote.

Stonefish, the youngest of Duterte’s three children, weighs 2.42 kilos or 5.3 pounds. He was delivered through a cesarean section.

“Thank you, Lord, for the gift of life,” said Atty. Carpio in a message to the press relayed by City Information Officer Jefry Tupas. Carpio also said the mayor is “stable” and “generally fine.”

In August last year, the mayor announced that she was seven weeks pregnant with triplets. Despite her pregnancy, Duterte continued to work but was advised by her doctors to avoid crowded places. However, on September 8, Duterte revealed she lost two of the unborn triplets.

Mayor Duterte has a 8-year old daughter named Mikhail Maria, also known as “Sharky” and 4-year-old Matteo Lucas whose nickname is “Stingray”.

Tupas said the couple has yet to announce Stonefish’s real name.

In a statement, Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the Palace congratulates the couple for the birth of  one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s grandchild.

“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,” Abella said.

“The arrival of the Chief Executive’s newest apo Stonefish strengthens PRRD’s resolve to leave a legacy of a Philippines safe and secure from drugs and heinous crimes to future generation of Filipinos,” he added.(davaotoday.com)

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