News of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte’s punching a court sheriff makes international headlines

( News of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte slugging a court sheriff made international headlines after the story was reported in several foreign media like Al Jazeera, BBC, and the New York-based gossip site, reports GMA News.

On July 1, Duterte punched  regional trial court sheriff Abe Andres four times after the latter insisted on demolishing houses inside Barangay Soliman in Davao's Agdao district. In a Philippine Daily Inquirer report, Duterte admitted she was angered when the sheriff insisted on serving the eviction notice after she asked for a two-hour reprieve until the residents' lawyers got a ruling from the Court of Appeals.

On July 2, BBC posted on its website an article titled "Philippine mayor filmed punching sheriff in Davao City" and a video of the attack. It described how Duterte had calmly called for the sheriff before smacking him. As of press time, the story has been shared 253 times. Al Jazeera, meanwhile, wrote: "Sara may not have the law on her side but appears to have won the support of those she represents."'s report, "Watch This Lady Mayor Punch Some Sheriff Dude," which has been viewed almost 11,000 times, wrote "It's not very common to see politicians fight (literally) for the poor."  As of press time, it was the website's third top story. The YouTube video of the attack has reached 226,075 views.

Duterte has filed for an eight-day leave effective today, July 4. Her father, former mayor and incumbent vice mayor Rodrigo Duterte is taking over in her absence. In an ABS-CBN report, Duterte said she was unfazed by threats of disbarment, saying she hasn't practiced law in years. She has, however, apologized to members of the Hall of Justice.  The Department of Interior and Local Government and the Commission on Human Rights are separately investigating the incident.


For more on this story, log on to GMA News, ABS-CBN News, and the Philippine Daily Inquirer.




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