Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte lashes out at daughter's critics, gives them the finger

( Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte yesterday, July 4, flashed the dirty finger and cursed at those who criticized his daughter, Mayor Sara Duterte, reports ABS-CBN. The younger Duterte made international headlines last week when she slugged regional trial court sheriff Abe Andres last for failing to follow her request to delay the demolition of houses in Davao’s Agdao district.


"Ano? Mga columnist? Oh (flashes dirty finger) (expletive), hindi lang sampal ang inabot noon. (Expletive), you wage a battle against your own people using policemen?" he said when asked how he felt about columnists and others who wrote negatively about the incident.


Vice Mayor Duterte backed his daughter's actions and said that had he been the mayor, not only would he have punched the sheriff, he would have kicked the officer of the court. "You ask the people here in Davao, you ask the media, buti nga kung ganoon lang abutin mo sa 'kin (expletive)... Kung ako ang mayor, may tama talaga (You'd be lucky if that's all I do to you... If I was the mayor, there would really be damage)."


According to the report, Mayor Duterte on Monday thanked her family and those who have expressed support for her actions. "Sa family, ganoon talaga kami, I understand his reaction, whether right or wrong, hindi kami nag-iiwanan (Our family's really like that-we’re there for each other whether what we did was right or wrong)." According to the report, Vice Mayor Duterte also said it would not matter if Sara loses her mayoral position if that was what it took to justify what she did.



Meanwhile, Commission of Human Rights chair Etta Rosales said that while the mayor's commitment to the people were laudable, her actions were inexcusable. "Ang mayor well intentioned siya sa pagtutulong sa tao pero yung paraan natin gumagamit tayo ng due process, gumagamit tayo ng batas, hindi tayo gumagamit ng pwersa. (The mayor had good intentions but there’s due process for this. We use laws, not force.)"


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