Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Punching Lady Mayor of Davao City

It is our very own Mayor Sarah Duterte who is hogging headlines recently after she threw her version of power punches to a sheriff who led a demolition of shanties Davao City last week.

The punching incident stemmed from the request of the mayor to delay the demolition but was not granted. The mayor wanted to avoid casualties during demolition as what happened to other demolitions in other cities in the country. With problem on economic livelihood and homelessness, squatters are a headache to address by all local government units in the country. But if possible through a peaceful and bloodless way.

Afterall, it was not a matter of life and death situation where the demolition team or the sheriff for that matter could not wait for the mayor to come over to negotiate with all parties involved. Efforts were exerted to contact the court judge handling the demolition case but she was not answered. Then came the sheriff that refused to grant the request of the mayor to wait for 2 hours as she was in a relief operation for the flashflood victims of Davao. Fuming mad as she was, the mayor pounded on the sheriff.

The incident fueled discussions. The social networkings, for instance, are teeming with comments in support to the mayor's action as "justified" and those which disagreed. What if you were in her shoes, would you do the same?

Updates claimed that the mayor is on leave to give way for the investigation that the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) would be conducting.