I may be the only square peg in a round hole for declaring my support for the action Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte did in punching court sheriff Abe Andres for enforcing a court order to demolish some 200 shanties in Barangay Kapitan Tomas Monteverde Sr. in Agdao District without waiting for her.
It was precisely not having waited for a wise decision and not having heeded a lawful instruction that cost the feisty mayor to loss her temper and took matters into her own hands.
Had the sheriff listened and followed the mayor’s advice to hold the demolition for two hours, he could not have been at the end of Duterte’s ire and a whole lot of difference could have been made.
What do I mean by this?
It is a fact, and we see it all the time on TV during news hours, that every time there is a planned demolition of squatter shanties anywhere, a likely outbreak of violence always ensues.
This is what Mayor Duterte wanted to prevent happening in Davao – untoward incidents between the squatters and the law enforcers that could cause injury and even death.
It was bad enough, on one hand, that Davao was hit by floods a few days back and the caring mayor was attending to them by distributing food and other relief goods to the victims. It just made the events worse, on the other hand, when, on the same day, demolition of squatter shanties was ordered by Judge Emmanuel Carpio, the uncle of Duterte’s husband.
“Ang akin lang din naman doon (my only concern is), we always see violent demolitions on television, yun ang ayaw ko mangyari sa (I don’t like that to happen in) Davao City. That’s why pinag-planuhan pero (we planned it but) it turned out ganun pa rin ang nangyari, kaya na-frustrate ako (violence happened that is why I am frustrated),” Duterte said.
Can you sweepingly blame Duterte for losing her cool? She had it planned and knows the temperament of her constituents. She wanted everything under control for the good of the people, but for an irresponsible court sheriff that could not follow a simple plea, misunderstanding, chaos and fighting resulted.
It has always been the trademark of the Dutertes, especially of Sara’s father, Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, to make Davao a safe and livable place by warning the bad elements to stay out of Davao if their intention is to create nothing but mayhem.
For this bold and courageous stance by the Dutertes, the people of Davao appreciate it and have supported them in every election. You can also see how Davao progressed under the Dutertes and how criminality have greatly diminished.
If losing ones head is making a statement that the well being of the community is more important than giving an irresponsible sheriff a shiner, then Mayor Sara Duterte will always be my kind of mayor, regardless of what people say.
DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo have earlier said that a legal team will be sent to Davao City to look into the incident despite the sheriff’s statement that he will not be pursuing any charges against Mayor Duterte.
Mayor Duterte may be reprimanded or dismissed from service depending on the results of the DILG probe. The city mayor said she is ready to face the consequences of her actions.
But, will Duterte’s constituents allow her to be dismissed? It really remains to be seen.