Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's son also gives critics the finger

( When asked about Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's potential punishment for cursing and giving critics the finger, his son, city councilor Paolo Duterte responded by also giving the media the same gesture, reports ABS-CBN News. The younger Duterte was at a media conference yesterday, July 6,  where the city’s barangay captains expressed their support for his sister, Mayor Sara, and her slugging a court sheriff.


Vice Mayor Duterte had been defending Sara when he cursed at critics and gave them the finger. When asked to comment on his father’s actions, Paolo flashed his middle finger to members of the press who were interviewing him, saying, "ayan po, gusto rin niyo? (Here, see?)" Paolo is the vice mayor's eldest son who is also the president of the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC),  and heads the 30 barangay captains of the city-all of whom backed the mayor's actions. "If you oust Inday, we will assure you that you'll feel the outrage, disappointment, anger and rage of the people whom she represents," said Margie Coral, barangay captain of Barangay 28-C.


In a GMA report, however, Etta Rosales, chair of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), reminded Vice Mayor Duterte that he is a public servant with a responsibility to show respect and good moral character. Rosales added that the vice mayor's actions constitute verbal abuse. CHR intends to file a complaint against Duterte to the Department of Interior and Local Government.


In response to the CHR, Vice Mayor Duterte said,  "Do what you have to do as I do mine (sic). I have the freedom of expression guaranteed under the Constitution." He added, "How I express myself with my mouth and finger is (nobody's) business."



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GMA News’ report on Councilor Paolo Duterte’s actions

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