Defending daughter Sara, Vice-Mayor Duterte unmasks true face of warlordism

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By Raïssa Robles

An ABS-CBN-ANC  TV video has surfaced, revealing a disturbing scene. After Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte punched the Sheriff during a violent squatter demolition, the Sheriff slunk away as fast as he could but Mayor Sara’s bodyguards hauled him back and pushed his head down while Mayor Sara pulled the Sheriff’s hair.

See below my series of screen captures from the ABS-CBN-ANC video. The hand on the upper left corner is Mayor Sara’s, while the hand below that is  her bodyguard’s:

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Mayor Sara Duterte and bodyguards gang up on Sheriff - Source - ABS-CBN-ANC TV

I was among those who had applauded Mayor Sara for punching the Sheriff thrice last Friday.

I said she was on the wrong side of the law but on the right side of right because she was preventing bloodshed during a demolition. I did not see then what ABS-CBN-ANC has now revealed about the subsequent hair-pulling. It was like something out of a spaghetti western movie.

Now I know why Mayor Sara was so brave. She had back-up.

I also heard just now what Mayor Sara’s father, Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, told reporters about the incident. He said he told his daughter not to apologize for what she did. Instead he advised her:

You celebrate, be happy, at least with the thought na nagprotect ka sa mga tao. […you protected the people]

On national TV, Rodrigo Duterte also flashed the dirty finger and cursed all his daughters’ media critics. Duterte’s dirty finger was meant for his daughter’s critics. He then bragged that in his hands, the Sheriff would not have gotten a mere slap. What he would have done to the Sheriff, he left to the imagination.

Sara Duterte - daddy's dirty finger

Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte flashes dirty finger at media critics - SOURCE - ABS-CBN-ANC video

The ABS-CBN-ANC report managed to capture Rodrigo Duterte’s menacing tone:

Ano? Mga columnist? Oh! (shows dirty finger) ta#@n*a (expletive), hindi lang sampal ang inabot noon. (Expletive), you wage a battle against your own people using policemen?

While it is culturally understandable for a father to defend his daughter, Duterte was speaking not just as a father but as the Vice Mayor and probably Acting City Mayor when he gave that press conference.

The rest of the country’s politicians are now watching what the judiciary and the executive department will do with Duterte’s daughter.

Here’s why we should be watching, too

Because if Mayor Sara is let off easy, other local government executives can use the same reasoning to commit a violent action – they are doing it for the people.

In my lengthy years of news coverage, I have interviewed elected and appointed officials who have used that reasoning to justify violence and  illegal activities.

Hours after watching the punching incident I asked myself – what is the difference between what Mayor Sara did and what Kalinga Governor Jocel Baac and his armed escorts did to government radio broadcaster Jerome Tabanganay early last month?

Governor Baac barged into the government radio station in Tabuk City and allegedly hit the broadcaster on the mouth with a microphone.

The radio anchor was often attacking the governor for his “alleged involvement in jueteng (illegal gambling) and illegal logging operations in the province,” according to the state-owned Philippine News Agency.

Many local government executives have justified their receiving pay-offs from illegal gambling by saying that the money they collect goes back to the people anyway, when the latter ask them to pay burial and medical expenses and stand in as godfathers during weddings and baptisms.

What I’m afraid of happening is the following scenario: a mayor or governor summons a newspaper, radio or tv reporter to please stop attacking him on an issue because his actions are meant to benefit the people and the reporter is getting in the way of his pro-people program. The reporter persists. And the mayor or governor gets so angry that he is carried away by emotions or his bodyguards anticipate his wishes.

In his press conference, Mayor Duterte inadvertently unmasked the true face of warlordism. Can warlordism exist in a democracy? Are the Dutertes the kind of officials we need to bring progress to the country?

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85 Responses to “Defending daughter Sara, Vice-Mayor Duterte unmasks true face of warlordism”

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  1. 29
    King Kano says:

    I am an American, and I feel much safer, settling in Davao city, than any other city in the Philippines, especially, in Luzon area…If you not realize, all developing countries go through this stage…They first have clans, the wild west, then warlords and so on, but you know what? Drug dealers, robbers, scammers, go to Olongapo, Calacoon, or Angeles, where they are welcome…I think we the people, need to vote and accept the best we have and this man and his family, are doing their best, being brought up in the second most corrupt country in the world, after Ghana…Who can he trust? He cannot trust the Federal government, local police, judges, no one, he is on his own, to make life better, for the good and worse for the bad…Throughout history, feudal, lord ways, are a part of Democracy, until people understand, that life is so much better, without corruption, people actually make more money…Corruption in America, causes poverty, same in your country and until we, all of us, Pinoy, and Kano, stand up against corruption, and die for freedom, we will never be free, kano, or pinoy..And, after so manhy of your women, are daily beaten by their husbands, it was good to see a woman, punch out one of your wimpy men, who only stand 5 feet, and talk foul about women, I love it…I am sorry, but I love your country, and it is obvious 85% of the people pinoy do not, because if you love someone, or something, you take good care of it, but God will judge soon..Salamat

  2. 28
    Chuchi Soriano says:

    Democracy is a very broad term. Democracy in first world economies will never work in a third world like ours. In Davao, and in the Philippines in general, we need that kind of Democracy which protects the least previliged, for people to have the right to live like people. It is not easy to be a leader in a complicated city, and I salute Mayor Sara for all her efforts and programs. I fully recognise the support of the vice mayor as well.

  3. 27
    Carlo Osit says:

    mayor duterte you have sorry for sheriff because you punch him in face her eyes is have black eye

  4. 26
    Bheanne says:

    Him saying bad words and doing the dirty finger sign don’t speak highly of the guy. Is he educated enough, a Christian, was he raised by his parents this way? I really don’t respect this kind of people, regardless of their position in the government. He owes an apology to the people for this kind of misbehavior. He should realize that people look up to him as an example.

    • 26.1
      atf says:

      isa pa tong baluktot ang english, nasa pinas ka day, huwag mong pilitin kung kulang ang grado mo sa english subject

      • 26.1.1
        Taif says:

        ha ha ha… LOL
        pinatawa mo ako sa pangalawang pag puna mo sa mga ENGLISH ng comentators.
        sana wala ng kasunod

  5. 25
    Nonoy says:

    I agree when you said, she was on the wrong side of the law but on the right side of the right. With what’s happening on the Dutertes, they could be the next most popular tourist spot in Davao.

  6. 24
    Jan Anthony says:

    Tama na man ginawa ni Mayor kailangan nya ipaglaban ang karapatan

  7. 23
    gumbench says:

    True that they have done great work in Davao in promoting peace and order, no 2nd thoughts about that. Don’t be biased mga people look at the other side naman.

    Example ba sa sa mga tao sa Davao na Mag dirty finger yung taong namumuno sa kanila? Is being the respected mayor reason enough to do it? C’mon people be reasonable. Sa programa nya.. walang ni-isang episode na hindi siya nag “put*ng I$a”. Is that good?

    maraming nanonood sa kanya na mga bata anoh! To tell you frankly.. NAKAKAHIYA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Eto pang anak nya..nakisawsaw.. nag-dirty finger din!!! My gosh!! yan kasi yung father nila ganun lang cguro sinasabi.. Ewan ko panu nya pinalaki.

    Lawyers pa namang naturingan..may pinag-aralan but.. look at their attitudes.. Masyadong matapang pag pinupuna..HARI NA TALAGA KAYO?? SURE??? EVERYBODY IS ENTITLED TO THEIR OPINION NOH. PUNAHIN LANG Nag UUSOK NA ANG ILONG!!! ESPECAILLY NA MALI TALAGA YUNG NAG DIRTY FINGER CYA.

    • 23.1
      atf says:

      nahihiya ka? is it obscene?many people swear and their children hear them , children watch tv and see half naked women gyrating in game shows and their hosts talking in double speak-sexual innuendoes. nag kalat ang mga prostitues sa kalye at sa Kongreso. Huwag kang hipocrito. Tahimik ang Davao kaya lang kailangan ng kamay na bakal at mahigpit na pag babantay para mangyari ito. Would you walk in Makati at 10pm? delikado ang buhay mo, at least sa Davao kahit madaling araw safe. Most of the people in Davao don’t complain why should you?

  8. 22
    Jim Sarthou says:

    Gosh, I used to live in Davao – three years.
    It was such a nice place.
    The people were so nice.
    The weather was great.
    The sceneries were beautiful.
    What the hell happened???
    Gosh!

  9. 21
    shandelsy says:

    MANILA, Philippines – Three years before a punching incident landed him in national headlines, Davao Regional Trial Court Sheriff Abe Andres was already suspended by the Supreme Court for “undue haste” in implementing a court order to seize several motor vehicles.

    In 2008, Andres was suspended without pay by the Supreme Court 2nd Division for a year and 6 months for gross neglect of duty and gross abuse of authority.

    This was after he hastily implemented a seizure order on several motor vehicles despite questions regarding the right of the plaintiff to the property.

    The case stemmed from an administrative complaint filed by Kenneth Hao against Andres, who has the designation of Sheriff IV of the Davao City RTC Branch 16.

    In his complaint before the Office of the Court Administrator (OCA), Hao accused Andres of seizing 9 motor vehicles in October 2005 in an oppressive manner. He said Andres favored Zenaida Silver, who had filed a civil case for replevin before RTC Branch 16.

    The complaint showed Judge Renato Fuentes issued an order of seizure on Oct. 17, 2005 against 22 motor vehicles allegedly owned by the complainant. On the strength of the order, Andres was able to seize two subject motor vehicles on Oct. 17, 2005, four vehicles on Oct. 18, 2005, and another three on Oct. 19, 2005.

    Judge Emmanuel Carpio later ordered Andres to return the seized vehicles to the rightful owners in view of the approval of the complainant’s counter-replevin bond. However, 8 of the 9 seized motor vehicles were reported missing after a certain “Nonoy” was able to duplicate the vehicles’ keys.

    Police later recovered 3 of the carjacked vehicles.

    Andres disputed the allegation that he neglected to safeguard the seized vehicles especially since they were under police watch. He denied speculation that he was involved in the disappearance of the vehicles.

    Fuentes, however, said he found Andres guilty of serious negligence in the custody of the vehicles and recommended the sheriff’s suspension.

    He said Andres knew that the vehicles to be seized were not in the names of any of the parties to the case; one vehicle was taken without the knowledge of its owner; and that Andres allowed Silver’s lawyer to get a keymaster to duplicate the vehicles’ keys in order to take one motor vehicle.

    Fuentes said the seized vehicles were placed in a compound that had a see-through fence, and that 3 of the vehicles were left outside the compound. He said Andres turned over the key of the gate to the policemen guarding the vehicles without even knowing who owned the compound, which turned out to be Silver.

    ‘Undue haste’

    In its ruling dated June 18, 2008, the Supreme Court upheld Fuentes’ observation and disagreed with the OCA recommendation that Andres be held liable only for simple neglect of duty and be suspended for 1 month and 1 day.

    The Court said Andres is guilty of grave abuse of authority when he started enforcing the writ of replevin/order of seizure on the same day that the order of seizure was issued. It noted that Andres admitted seizing vehicles of people who are not parties to the case, and that one of vehicle was seized without the owner’s knowledge.

    “Certainly, these are indications that Andres enforced the order of seizure with undue haste and without giving the complainant prior notice or reasonable time to deliver the motor vehicles. Hence, Andres is guilty of grave abuse of authority (oppression),” the Court said.

    It added: “The prompt implementation of an order of seizure is called for only in instances where there is no question regarding the right of the plaintiff to the property. Where there is such a question, the prudent recourse for Andres is to desist from executing the order and convey the information to his judge and to the plaintiff.”

    The Court said Andres violated Section 6, Rule 60 of the Rules of Court which says that the sheriff must retain custody of the seized property for at least 5 days. Investigation showed that the 9 vehicles were already in Silver’s possession no more than 3 days after the vehicles were seized.

    The Court also faulted Andres for not returning the motor vehicles to their lawful owners.

    For being a first-time offender, the SC suspended Andres for 1 year without pay for gross neglect of duty and another 6 months for grave abuse of authority.

    It also warned Andres that a similar offense in the future shall be dealt with more severely.

    The ponencia was signed by SC Associate Justice Leonardo Quisumbing and concurred by SC magistrates Dante Tinga, Ruben Reyes, Teresita Leonardo-de Castro and Arturo Brion.

    The Department of the Interior and Local Government is currently investigating Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte for punching Andres repeatedly during last Friday’s demolition in Davao’s Agdao district.

    Duterte has refused to apologize to Andres, arguing that the sheriff refused her request to delay the demolition for 2 hours until she has spoken to the informal settlers affected by the demolition.

    For his part, Andres had said he would be held criminally liable if he delays the demolition.

    It was not immediately known if Andres’ previous case would have any bearing in the Duterte punching incident.

    From – http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/-depth/07/05/11/davao-sheriff-suspended-2008-undue-haste

  10. 20
    Concern Dabawenyo says:

    Erratum:

    This should read as:

    Why are you very affected with this issue? How about the Ampatuan’s case? hmmm…

  11. 19
    Concern Dabawenyo says:

    Why are very affected with this issue? How about the Ampatuan’s case? hmmm…

    • 19.1
      Concern Dabawenyo says:

      Erratum:

      This should read as

      Why are you very affected with this issue? How about the Ampatuan’s case? hmmm…

      peace :)

  12. 18
    Anna says:

    hey author..dont compare Duterte to Baac..ang lau ng issue..in your lengthy years of news coverage..you suck..san ka ba nagaral o wala kalang maisip na maikumpara..read a lot…bagu ka magsulat..

    to those who doesnt want to live in davao..then dont we dont want you there..find the link of TIME MAGAZINE..”the punisher”…para magka hint kau..kng anu ang davao..wag kaung talak ng talak..

    • 18.1
      raissa says:

      Anna,

      Your belligerent tone merely tells me that underneath the peace and order and security of Davao is something quite sinister.

      • 18.1.1
        ted says:

        like everybody else’s comments here, you should not compare sara duterter (or the dutertes) with that governor baac. you yourself said baac is a jueteng lord, while the dutertes are what will you call them again?

        look. the sheriff admitted his mistakes, let’s call it as a mistake on his part because his decision created the riot. if the mayor did not arrive, there could be bloodshed as the policemen were armed with armalites and the people are ready to die to defend their ‘homes’.

        as a davaoeno, i know what is going to happen next – THIS IS WHY MAYOR SARA IS SO MAD. she is mad because people might get killed. there are already casualties when she arrived.

        in your questions:
        Can warlordism exist in a democracy?
        the dutertes are not warlords, they are our protectors in davao.
        fyi, i was born and grew up in davao. i don’t have to elaborate, you are a journalist. research about the what kind of city is davao before mayor rody duterte’s term. and compare it to today’s davao. actually, try visiting davao to experience it yourself (davao vs. manila)

        Are the Dutertes the kind of officials we need to bring progress to the country?
        you are asking the wrong question. rody duterte never, ever, wanted to serve the “country”, if you are referring to the whole country. he just want to serve DAVAO. yes, davao. haven’t you heard that he is one of PNoy’s choices as DILG sec?

        my final words, the dutertes are well-loved in davao. even in other regions in mindanao. put this in mind, davao is safer with the dutertes. again, safer.

        • 18.1.1.1
          mommynijack says:

          tama. even the ampatuans behave like people in davao because they know that no one’s gonna take s**t from them, least of all the government.

      • 18.1.2
        shandelsy says:

        raissa,

        have you known the whole thing??? you should have seen it with your own eyes… don’t judge based on what had been delivered by media… it seems that you’re just collecting a craft of others…

        • 18.1.2.1
          anonymous says:

          don’t judge the duterte’s so quickly. try staying longer in davao, you’ll probably regret bashing the dutertes. (and what I meant by that is not regret because by the time you’ll step in there, the dutertes will be after you but regret after seeing how peaceful and orderly davao is) second pa, sa mga taga-luzon, just because you’re near the national offices doesn’t mean you know everything. kami rin mga taga mindanao, we know what we are doing and we are doing it for the betterment of mindanao and possibly our nation. besides, tao lang rin ang mga duterte, nagkamali rin sila, may pagkamali rin tayo. just because they’re popular doesn’t mean they’re picture perfect. tao lang rin sila. only God is perfect.

  13. 17
    Gladisia says:

    naku po! tama bang hingin sa Panginoon ang hindi maganda para sa kapwa? don’t curse other people manang baka bumaliktad sau instead y dont you pray for the country that u have forsaken at ni ayaw mong balikan. peace po! ^_^

  14. 16
    Concern Dabawenyo says:

    I hope you will realize what you are saying is truly unacceptable for us Dabawenyos. You’re not a saint so don’t judge our Mayor, come on! Even if you will ask every Filipino or make a poll question if Davao City is a safe place to live in, I assure you it will get a higher score. I am not discriminating other places here in the Philippines, but even if I go in some places here, I will still choose to live in Davao City for the rest of my life.

    If you have time please check the crime rate of Davao City, it is very low, isn’t it? i am very confident to ride a taxi even if late at night, texting my friends along the road, wearing my jewelries, etc. because we know that we are safe.

    We are not only defending our Mayor but we are defending our city and our people. Please understand that even if you will hear anything bad against your city or your mayor, you will do the same.

    Isa pa, we are all Filipinos hindi tayo dapat nag away2x.

    Peace be with you.

  15. 15
    Evg says:

    lol, you need more research dude. you cant compare our mayor from other cities. and yes if the duterte rules our country, you will also experience what davao city is all about. Philippine needs a father that’s ready to protect his children hindi ung walang political will.

    • 15.1
      shandelsy says:

      “you need more research dude” >> better said, let her live in davao city so that she could see and experience the difference… and she could eat up her wrong judgements…

  16. 14
    sparda says:

    Pro: Nice blog site for one side of information.

    Cons: Bad wordpress site design..
    Worst navigation and page structuring
    No footer nav and footer nav/content
    Bad widget arrangement

    My Advice: Upper right widget content should be placed at RH side of the header..kinda like a quote. Your page structure must be consistent (i.e. Your blog category must be under one Nav link) One proper example of Nav link must be in this order: Home | Blog | About Me | Contact Me. In that way you can’t expend two lines just for your navigation. If you want your followers to join, like or subscribe your site; you must place your subscribe, facebook and facebook like button widget to the upper RH column of your site. In that way users can easily find it and subscribe immediately without having them to scroll down.

    And lastly, try using nicer WP themes. I’m very sure you know where to find them right..? (–,) and hire a web designer if you want your blogsite to be more presentable to read at..

    (‘_^)v

    • 14.1
      raissa says:

      Thanks for the critique. Will consider your suggestions.

      Except that you’re biased yourself when you say “Nice blog for one side of information.” You obviously did not read my post http://raissarobles.com/2011/07/06/please-mayor-sara-duterte-break-out-of-your-daddys-outmoded-feudal-ways/
      which put Mayor Sara’s side of the issue.

      • 14.1.1
        sparda says:

        Ah my bad..I overlooked it..Sorry..But then again nice posts about this. I just hope they get to know Davao and her people first before posting comments (^^,) In my opinion, it was just a small issue, letting the anger and frustration out on somebody who didn’t carry out her request that should have prevented the premature demolition.

        Alam mo ang nakakalungkot kasi dito is pinapalaki ang isyu eh. Merong namang mas malalaking isyu other than panununtok lang ng Sheriff di ba..? Wag nyo na dagdagan ng mga nonsense comments ang mga posts na ito (You know who you are) lalo na kung paninira lang sa aming siyudad ang laman nito. Nasasabi nyo lang yan kasi jan kayo nakatira. For once, try to live here in Davao before some of you posts some negative feedbacks to our city. I assure you our city is a good place to live in (‘_^)v

        One more thing Ms. Raissa, change your permalink structure to %category%/%postname%/
        It’s short and SEO friendly. (^^,)

  17. 13
    Jojo Rom says:

    WELCOME TO DAVAO CITY! The most peaceful city for the innocents and the most dangerous city for the criminals….those who comment against the Duterte’s.I invite you to stay in Davao and just observe for 1 week…later you will realize Davao doesn’t need saintly leaders….Then you imagine how the Philippines would be if the Duterte-type Leadership handle the case of Ampatuans, the cases of Drugs, Rape, Illegal demolition, Kidnapping, car napping, robbery, snatching, illegal logging…riots…AND LASTLY,,KNOW HOW DAVAO WAS BEFORE DUTERTE AND HOW LARGE THE CITY TO BE HANDLED BY THE SAINTS INCLUDING YOU….

    • 13.1
      Jojo Rom says:

      “IF” WE WERE IN THE POSITION OF DUTERTES’ HANDLING DAVAO’S PEACE AND ORDER…SURELY YOU WILL DO MORE THAN A DIRTY FINGER…BUT THE REALITY IS WE CANNOT BE SAINTS IN AN UNJUST AND SUPERFICIAL SOCIETY WHERE WE ARE NOW,,, WITH SUPERFICIAL PEOPLE/LEADERS LIKE DUTERTE’S CRITICS…

  18. 12
    mac miller says:

    kill your self asshole

  19. 11
    Mar Salazar says:

    Your article is truly incisive. I was also, for a while, on the side of Sara Duterte.

    But you brought out the more telling issue, the more macro-view: the true face of warlordism.

    I hope that you article and the responses you got from the warlord and his pacified, well behaved constituents from that peaceful area in Mindanao, can be made as Exhibit A in the discussion of the case in the Supreme Court and the CHR.

    Also, in academic discussions on authentic democracy versus tribal, feudal, faux-democracies.

  20. 10
    Froi Tiglao says:

    Mayor Sara Duterte had every reason and the right to get furiously mad, but resorting to physical violence is not proper considering that she is the mayor. What happened to the Rule of Law? I can’t imagine this world if everyone resorted to violence when mad. Those in power must lead by example, by their deeds. I believe the mayor was just so upset, she temporarily lost control of herself. But who hasn’t, amongst us, have not lost control of ourselves? If so, she should apologize.

    The bottom line here is that I believe the mayor really cares for her constituents.

  21. 9
    Romdel says:

    Always asked if I’d like to live in Davao, hell no as long as the Duterte’s are there I wouldn’t spend a week in Davao. The city is living in a false pretext of peace, kasi walang gustong magreklamo at walang pwedeng kumontra.

    I just hope one day the people of Davao will not end up just like the Ampatuans did in Maguindanao. There’s no place in a civilized society yung pinagagawa ng mga Duterte, siguro naman mga sibilisado ang mga Dabawenyo :)

    Peace!

    • 9.1
      Death-Squad-Cuddlers says:

      you obviously don’t know anything about davao city. i will never replace davao city to any city any where in the philippines, especially in the cities of Luzon.

      Tell me what has the Malacañang done to solve the the war in mindanao? NONE.

      you will never know what it’s like until you live here in davao city or any place else in mindanao.

      you compare the dutertes to the ampatuans? LOL

      I should know kasi kapitbahay ko ang mga ampatuans dito sa davao. hindi tao ang mga ampatuans. sila ang nag-astig astigan dito, may mga pinatay na yan sila d2 in public places, pero hindi nagalaw ng Davao City Government, alam mo kung bakit?

      malakas ang mga ampatuans that time kay former president Glory-Hole Arroyo, ang pinaka malakas na leader ng ating bansa na naka-base sa Luzon, ang lugar na pinagmamalaki nyong maraming magagaling.

      and speaking of the ampatuans? what has Malacañang done to the maguindanao massacre case? NOTHING OF COURSE!

      you know why? Most Leaders in Luzon are either corrupt or No Balls at all.

      ALL BARK. NO BITE.

      TAGA MANILA SIBILISADO??? LOL!!!

      manood nga kayo ng pulis report sa news, kadalasan sa namamatay jan sa manila mga inosenteng biktima ng mga kriminal. (bank robbing, car jacking, hold up, rape, etc.)

      pulis report dito sa davao, MGA CRIMINAL ANG BIKTIMA. LOL!!!

      “kasi walang gustong magreklamo at walang pwedeng kumontra.”
      mga kriminal lang ang nagrereklamo dito kasi paubos na sila.

      Next time you say something about a place, make sure you really know something.

      Don’t make yourself look like a blabbering idiot.

      oh btw, i wouldnt spend a day walking the streets of manila…

      TOO DANGEROUS! LOTS OF LOCOS ON THE LOSE!

      • 9.1.1
        Death-Squad-Cuddlers says:

        ooOps..ON THE LOOSE! typo wkwkwk!

        • 9.1.1.1
          Linus says:

          Lol how weird 2 years ago a roamed around manila at 3-4am tops and nothing happened to me. instead nakipag inuman ako with 10 other manilians wahahaa and from the (California) no drama? geez man humans are made to be hospitable even criminals know LOGIC so stfu you know nothing about being democratic and free. you should just stay on one corner and be an ignorant F’cuk (w/o LOGIC)

          • 9.1.1.1.1
            atf says:

            Taga america ka at ganyan pa rin ang english mo, basurero ka siguro duon, besides kung mukha kang unggoy hindi ka gagalawin ng kapwa mong unggoy

    • 9.2
      sparda says:

      Siguro ayaw mong tumira dito sa Davao kasi sa tingin ko pusher ka jan or maraming illegal activities (–,)

      Ayaw mong tumira dito kasi walang magpoprotekta sayo. Kung mabait ka naman at walang intensyong gumawa ng masama sa kapwa..You’re super safe to stay here 24-7 (^^,)v

      • 9.2.1
        tae says:

        estoryahee dong safe jud ang davao? pwe!

        • 9.2.1.1
          raissa says:

          Paki-translate.

          • 9.2.1.1.1
            anonymous says:

            it doesn’t really have an exact translation in tagalog, it’s more of an expression in cebuano though the message being conveyed is that davao is safe. pwe! is also an expression in cebuano if I’m not mistaken.

    • 9.3
      Juan says:

      Tanga, ang negrereklamo lng sa dabaw ay ang mga pusher, snatcher, magnanakaw at mga rapist. Kung takot kang pumunta ng dabaw malamang isa kang pusher o addict.

      Oh by the way I went to manila once… Fuck…I can’t bear to look at kids in the streets sniffing rugbies…WTF…Your mayor even can’t do anything to those kids. Sa amin malinis wlang mga rugby boys, wla ring mga taong grasa…inalalagay sila sa tamang lugar. mental hospital o sa bahay pasilungan hindi pinapabayaan.

      Pumunta rin ako ng Cebu…Putang ina umgang-umaga muntik ng masnatchan ng cellphone ang tatay ko..ang dumi pa ng mga kalsada lahat parang basura. Dito kahit palengke malinis..at hindi mabaho…

      We would rather take a punch from our Mayor than being mugged in the streets by some other people..or loose the security of our families here in Davao.

      Speaking of Ampatuans mga kapitbahay lng namin sila…

    • 9.4
      karl asper says:

      Well, people today are not same people during martial law. We know when things have to end. Davaweños could easily replace the dutertes during election time, but mind you they didn’t because they wanted and like their kind of ledership. It is just like a father who would gentle force to keep his children behaved and later in adult life realized how fortunate they are to have such kind of a father. Gets mo?

  22. 8
    CN9A 4G63T says:

    You guys there from Manila or Luzon Don’t know everything about Davao City, I encountered some Manilenos/Manilenas and most of them have inaccurate facts about the life in Davao. Most of you guys think that bombings and terrorism were common, that lawless death squads rule the streets of the city, they were all wrong.

    Davao city is a very peaceful place to live, in fact I can proudly say that this city (Davao) is the MOST peaceful city here in the Philippines where you can freely walk in the streets at 2 or 3 in the morning without being held up, raped, and stab to death by criminals.

    People here are respectful and law abiding citizens. We have our own emergency hotline 911 (Police, fire Medical Rescue) where we can call for help in times trouble and emergencies for FREE (in the US they charge you for every emergency call you make) and we Davaoenos owe this peace and order to our beloved Mayor and Vice Mayor.

    Regarding the “punching incident”, on the first place it is the Sheriff who did not follow the orders of the Lady Mayor, he chose not to respect the order of his superior and there is an abuse of right and authority on the part of the sheriff (ref. Article 19 of the CC). Yes,

    The punching act of the Lady Mayor may not be the proper way of solving things up but it is justifiable. It only shows how the Mayor loves her people specially the poor and the weak. It only shows that the Lady Mayor is concerned about the safety of both the squatters and the Police/demolition team, because in the first place, things would not end up in a RIOT if the Sheriff listened and followed the order of Mayor Inday Sarah.

  23. 7
    Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says:

    bias din tong mga media sa manila, bat hindi nila pinapalabas sa tv ung mga biktima ng mga Demolition ung pulis na naglalalkad wyl may indian pana pa na naka tanim at ung 10 years old na batang nasigatan?, para lang ba sa ratings isasakripisyo nyu ung patas na pagbabalita?…tama nga sa inyu ung dirty finger

    leave davao alone..mga putang ina nyu.nagmamagaling pa kayo sa amin dito

    • 7.1
      raissa says:

      Is that REALLY how a mayor should talk?

      That is, if you REALLY are the mayor.

      • 7.1.1
        sparda says:

        Mayor or not..You’re offending Davao CIty and her people. I actually don’t care what you say. But know this, we are humans, sometimes we snap and do things that even ourselves cannot control. Even God lose his temper and wiped out the Earth once (I’m pretty sure you read the bible)

        Kaya just stay cool and observe ka lang muna sana. Before you offend more and more davaoeños (‘_^)v

    • 7.2
      bong honculada anasco says:

      i agree
      maybe u r a criminal afraid afraid to live in our peaceful city

  24. 6
    Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says:

    Ano? Mga columnist? Oh! (shows dirty finger) f.u.c..k you critics…mind your own corrupt mayor…. nagmamagaling pa kayo sa tga davao, eh more than 20 years naming mayor yan…

    sana tlga naisip ipinagpatuloy ung plan ng mga mindanao political leaders na maging independent na ang mindanao sa pilipinas..

    • 6.1
      raissa says:

      Are you REALLY Mayor Rodrigo Duterte?

      Your IP address shows you are based in Davao City.

    • 6.2
      juan says:

      naku.masyado na kayong magaling..atleast mga tao ESPECIALLY mga MAYOR hindi nag pupu$T4£ng *NA AT nag didirty finger..they are more civilized than you are..

  25. 5
    Blue Ophelia says:

    I was disturbed from the get-go, and I couldn’t see why you were applauding her. She claims she got peeved because violence erupted at the demolition, and yet she, in turn, smacks some dude. So violence against one is okay? It’s like roughing up a kid because he roughed up another kid. Not exactly enlightened parenting.

    I feel bad for this Sheriff, who, let me point out, is also her constituent. Someone whose rights she is also defending. His life will probably never be the same.

    • 5.1
      raissa says:

      I was mistaken to base my reaction and opinion on the GMA News clip.

      But you see, this was a developing story. The more information I got, the more disturbed I was by the string of events.

  26. 4
    Lorena says:

    This is subject matter for the CHR to tackle

    • 4.1
      sparda says:

      Grabe naman kayo..Di pa nga nasosolve yung Ampatuan case itatackle nyo pa itong issue nato..Di ba dapat First In First Out ang pagsosolve ng mga kaso hindi Last In First Out..?

  27. 3
    Toblerone says:

    Attty. Mayor Sara Duterte has not only backing but a powetrip to the max. She should be reprimanded by Pnoy!

    What a shame to Davao!

    • 3.1
      Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says:

      F_u_c_k you with dirty finger

      • 3.1.1
        raissa says:

        I would like to ask you some questions since you are from Davao City.

        How long have the squatters been living in that area?

        How many are they?

        What did the Dutertes promise in the last election to do for the squatters living in that area?

        How long has the court case been going on and when was the court order handed down?

        Did the city government offer to buy that area and turn it over to the squatters?

        Who owns the land and did the city government ever talk to the landowner about the eviction?

        • 3.1.1.1
          sara duterte says:

          The City Government already set aside a 22-hectare relocation site in Los Amigos for the residents who will be displaced.

          Duterte, however, said that for those who are not indigents, the City Government is ready to relocate them to a site in Tibungco for free.

          Source : http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2011/07/02/mayor-halts-support-hall-justice-164523

          My legal opinion are as follows to wit; First, there was no violation of court order. The Mayor respected it, believing that she is bound by the force and effect of law. She only asked for 2-hour extension just to prevent chaos, preventing evil to rule on the ground, which is reasonable and legal. Had the sheriff granted the reasonable request, there would be no riot at all, considering that the Mayor has the trust and respect from the people. Second, the act of punching, while it caused damage to the sheriff, is justified by the overwhelming force and effect of humanitarian acts, i.e public safety, public order, among others. And lastly, to rule otherwise would violate the well-settled and well-recognized principle in law and humanity that “those who have less in life should have more in law.”

          Justice (orders/writs issued by the court) without mercy is tyranny”. The court forgot the meaning of “social justice”

          • 3.1.1.1.1
            Michael says:

            agree…. its all about being righteous thats why theres a term called (righteous kill) because it is what it is. And this doesn’t bother me at all because I see 4-1000000 side of this story which is biased in all 4-100000000000000 ratio’

            This should be a life lesson to all moooooooooooorons….( you can’t always have what you want)

    • 3.2
      sparda says:

      That’s was not powertrip man..That was just an outlet of a person under pressure..You must understand that we just had a calamity last week and then that premature demolition happened..What do you think you would do in her position (come on don’t be a saint and answer honestly (–,) )

      Katulad din yan sa pag-agaw ng syota mo ng bespren mo.. Kaya don’t say anything bad when you don’t know the person..

      PS: Don’t watch too much TV especially those self righteous News Networks. Broaden your perspective because there are other sources of news and info..And please always listen to both sides of story before you make a disturbing statement to our beloved city. (‘_^)v

    • 3.3
      bong honculada anasco says:

      so P NOY should be reprimanded also coz Philippines is one of the most dangerous place to live…note… except DAVAO city..shame on them…im not from Davao city but everybody in mindanao feel that DAVAO is the sanctuary of the peace loving people…adto ra gud mo sa DAVAO be…

  28. 2
    yesorno says:

    really disturbing.. by the way.. i been trying to search your website many times but can’t find it. So i need to browse your previous blogs. Thanks to Mr Heckler

  29. 1
    GabbyD says:

    i’m confused. now ur against what she did, but you were in favor of it before?

    • 1.1
      raissa says:

      Yes, GabbyD,

      I was in favor of her smacking the Sheriff, which was what the GMA News TV clip showed.

      But it turns out she not only smacked the Sheriff, her bodyguards hauled him back and she pulled his hair.

      The first was a manly thing to do, in my opinion. The second showed she was a bully.

      I also praise her for her taking a leave of absence at once to give way to the investigation. And for conceding that was not one of her best moments.

      And that’s why I had to write this. To put the incident in a national context.

      Raissa

      • 1.1.1
        manilamac says:

        Thank you for giving this a full posting. As I posted before, my heart is with the squatters, who are so often driven from their homes without being offered any alternative. The present administration has publicly stated, I believe, that such was not to be done, but it still happens anyway.

        But warlordism is also a problem and a “Wild West” approach is something we should avoid because without rule of law, who knows what a given powerful person may decide is “for the good of the people.”

        BTW, I know my evidence was not nearly as good as yours (in my previous comment) and I admire it that you pursued the truth of the matter. That’s one reason I follow your blog. Thank you.

    • 1.2

      if you do not know the real cause of it all you would say that the lady mayor is wrong.BUT, KNOWING THAT THE SHERIFF DID NOT FOLLOW THE MAYORS ORDER TO GIVE HER TWO HOURS TO TALK TO THE PEOPLE, SHE WAS NOT FOLLOWED AND THE SHERIFF COMMENCED HIS DEMOLITION ACT WITH THE SHERIFF FORCES, THE SQUATTERS FOUGHT AGAINST IT THE MELEE CAUSES UNREASONABLE PAIN THAT COULD HAVE BEEN ABORTED WITH THE DIPLOMATIC INTENDED APPROACH OF MAYOR SARAH DUTERTE that was the reason for her to order the sheriff to wait just for two hours. therefore, in my opinion, she maybe a lady only mayor but damn it follow her order it is her obligation to protect her constituents.No one in his mind would prosecute The lady mayor for her heroic deeds tho’ uncommon for a lady to get mad. in the the case of the Baguio incident that was a no!no! that was an invasion with total disrespect to the broadcaster, as it had always been happening in our land a radio broadcaster killed because they exposed the sitting power that be in the case of Puerto Princesa, two good and popular activist radio broadcaster dead.this has to stop and investigated thoroughly, we are no longer a dictator state. Lets give justice to the victims of killed media people.\

      • 1.2.1
        Minerva Holman says:

        My friend ask me why I do not want to reitre in the Philippines and this is one of the reasons why I do not want to. There are lots of people who do not want to be criticized and do not accept any logical reasoning. They act according to the power they hold. The mayor should be sued for battery and assault and MUST be convicted of battery and assault with penalty of jail time and hefty fines to show others that violence is not to be condoned. In my opinion there is no real justice in the Philippines. MONEY talks so much, it can make RIGHT ACTIONS a crime, and a CRIME OUT OF RIGHT ACTIONS.

        I hope the Filipinos can sleep tight and walk around safely. I also believe politicians do not care for their constituents, to me that is BULL CRAP in election campaign. Politicians are fighting during elections for a position to gain power and whatever, ….. and the last person you will ever believe on this world are politicians.

        DO UNTO OTHERS WHAT YOU WANT OTHERS TO DO UNTO YOU. MAY GOD GIVE SENTENCE TO SARA DUTERTE AND HER FATHER FOR THE VIOLENCE THEY COMMITTED UNTO OTHERS TELEVISED OR NOT. AMEN

        • 1.2.1.1
          Michael says:

          are you stupid or just a true moronic idiot from god knows where….

          first’ its a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY…who, what, where, lol whom would anyone care whatever happens to this FORSAKEN country (worst than CUBA) be realistic….

          this isn’t S.Korea, MALAYSIA,JAPAN, or or or CHINA…

          ORDER-DOESN’t-MAKE-SENSE-____________. _________, The PHILIPPINES.

          ONLY MARCOS could’ve done a better job at this. WHICH IS ORDER

        • 1.2.1.2
          Xiarra says:

          You have no right to criticize our Mayor because you’re not living in Davao City. We are a peaceful and liveable city. If it weren’t for her and for her father, drug abusers, violence, snatchers and rapists will be rampant in our city.

          People in DAVAO CITY can really sleep very well. Why? because we feel very safe knowing that we have a Mayor Sara Duterte governing the city.

          • 1.2.1.2.1
            juan says:

            its no doubt that the duterte’s really transformed DAVAO.but the point is, how the mayor act.. she should have controlled her emotions..DAVAO is still part of the REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES..AND NOT the KINGDOM of duterte’s

            • davaogirl says:

              If you’re not a DABAWENYO, mind you’re own business! Research and look into the whole situation before you make your own judgment. Just like in the saying, “he who have not sinned throw the first stone”. Our mayor may not be diplomatic but at least she gets the job done and she’s not afraid to do it. The system may not be pleasing to others but it’s working in Davao.

              • raissa says:

                Hello?

                You think Davao is NOT part of the Philippines?
                That you are not bound by the same Philippine laws?

              • anonymous says:

                the culture in davao & manila is different. every city has it’s different culture even though they’re part of one nation and yes, every city has the right to it’s own law, (as long as hindi lalabag sa constitution natin & national laws) that’s what the city ordinances are for. a piece of advice for people outside davao though, before you judge davao, research muna, baka mali yung mga sinasabi n’yo and before ending this comment, konting respeto lang po, every city has it’s own culture but we’re still one nation.

    • 1.3
      Xiarra says:

      I think it’s her way for people to notice her articles and I guess the strategy works. :)

  30. Chuchi Soriano says:

    Democracy is a very broad term. Democracy in first world economies will never work in a third world like ours. In Davao, and in the Philippines in general, we need that kind of Democracy which protects the least previliged, for people to have the right to live like people. It is not easy to be a leader in a complicated city, and I salute Mayor Sara for all her efforts and programs. I fully recognise the support of the vice mayor as well.

  31. Carlo Osit says:

    mayor duterte you have sorry for sheriff because you punch him in face her eyes is have black eye

  32. Bheanne says:

    Him saying bad words and doing the dirty finger sign don’t speak highly of the guy. Is he educated enough, a Christian, was he raised by his parents this way? I really don’t respect this kind of people, regardless of their position in the government. He owes an apology to the people for this kind of misbehavior. He should realize that people look up to him as an example.

  33. Nonoy says:

    I agree when you said, she was on the wrong side of the law but on the right side of the right. With what’s happening on the Dutertes, they could be the next most popular tourist spot in Davao.

  34. Jan Anthony says:

    Tama na man ginawa ni Mayor kailangan nya ipaglaban ang karapatan

  35. gumbench says:

    True that they have done great work in Davao in promoting peace and order, no 2nd thoughts about that. Don’t be biased mga people look at the other side naman.

    Example ba sa sa mga tao sa Davao na Mag dirty finger yung taong namumuno sa kanila? Is being the respected mayor reason enough to do it? C’mon people be reasonable. Sa programa nya.. walang ni-isang episode na hindi siya nag “put*ng I$a”. Is that good?

    maraming nanonood sa kanya na mga bata anoh! To tell you frankly.. NAKAKAHIYA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Eto pang anak nya..nakisawsaw.. nag-dirty finger din!!! My gosh!! yan kasi yung father nila ganun lang cguro sinasabi.. Ewan ko panu nya pinalaki.

    Lawyers pa namang naturingan..may pinag-aralan but.. look at their attitudes.. Masyadong matapang pag pinupuna..HARI NA TALAGA KAYO?? SURE??? EVERYBODY IS ENTITLED TO THEIR OPINION NOH. PUNAHIN LANG Nag UUSOK NA ANG ILONG!!! ESPECAILLY NA MALI TALAGA YUNG NAG DIRTY FINGER CYA.

    • atf says:

      nahihiya ka? is it obscene?many people swear and their children hear them , children watch tv and see half naked women gyrating in game shows and their hosts talking in double speak-sexual innuendoes. nag kalat ang mga prostitues sa kalye at sa Kongreso. Huwag kang hipocrito. Tahimik ang Davao kaya lang kailangan ng kamay na bakal at mahigpit na pag babantay para mangyari ito. Would you walk in Makati at 10pm? delikado ang buhay mo, at least sa Davao kahit madaling araw safe. Most of the people in Davao don’t complain why should you?

  36. Jim Sarthou says:

    Gosh, I used to live in Davao – three years.
    It was such a nice place.
    The people were so nice.
    The weather was great.
    The sceneries were beautiful.
    What the hell happened???
    Gosh!

  37. shandelsy says:

    MANILA, Philippines – Three years before a punching incident landed him in national headlines, Davao Regional Trial Court Sheriff Abe Andres was already suspended by the Supreme Court for “undue haste” in implementing a court order to seize several motor vehicles.

    In 2008, Andres was suspended without pay by the Supreme Court 2nd Division for a year and 6 months for gross neglect of duty and gross abuse of authority.

    This was after he hastily implemented a seizure order on several motor vehicles despite questions regarding the right of the plaintiff to the property.

    The case stemmed from an administrative complaint filed by Kenneth Hao against Andres, who has the designation of Sheriff IV of the Davao City RTC Branch 16.

    In his complaint before the Office of the Court Administrator (OCA), Hao accused Andres of seizing 9 motor vehicles in October 2005 in an oppressive manner. He said Andres favored Zenaida Silver, who had filed a civil case for replevin before RTC Branch 16.

    The complaint showed Judge Renato Fuentes issued an order of seizure on Oct. 17, 2005 against 22 motor vehicles allegedly owned by the complainant. On the strength of the order, Andres was able to seize two subject motor vehicles on Oct. 17, 2005, four vehicles on Oct. 18, 2005, and another three on Oct. 19, 2005.

    Judge Emmanuel Carpio later ordered Andres to return the seized vehicles to the rightful owners in view of the approval of the complainant’s counter-replevin bond. However, 8 of the 9 seized motor vehicles were reported missing after a certain “Nonoy” was able to duplicate the vehicles’ keys.

    Police later recovered 3 of the carjacked vehicles.

    Andres disputed the allegation that he neglected to safeguard the seized vehicles especially since they were under police watch. He denied speculation that he was involved in the disappearance of the vehicles.

    Fuentes, however, said he found Andres guilty of serious negligence in the custody of the vehicles and recommended the sheriff’s suspension.

    He said Andres knew that the vehicles to be seized were not in the names of any of the parties to the case; one vehicle was taken without the knowledge of its owner; and that Andres allowed Silver’s lawyer to get a keymaster to duplicate the vehicles’ keys in order to take one motor vehicle.

    Fuentes said the seized vehicles were placed in a compound that had a see-through fence, and that 3 of the vehicles were left outside the compound. He said Andres turned over the key of the gate to the policemen guarding the vehicles without even knowing who owned the compound, which turned out to be Silver.

    ‘Undue haste’

    In its ruling dated June 18, 2008, the Supreme Court upheld Fuentes’ observation and disagreed with the OCA recommendation that Andres be held liable only for simple neglect of duty and be suspended for 1 month and 1 day.

    The Court said Andres is guilty of grave abuse of authority when he started enforcing the writ of replevin/order of seizure on the same day that the order of seizure was issued. It noted that Andres admitted seizing vehicles of people who are not parties to the case, and that one of vehicle was seized without the owner’s knowledge.

    “Certainly, these are indications that Andres enforced the order of seizure with undue haste and without giving the complainant prior notice or reasonable time to deliver the motor vehicles. Hence, Andres is guilty of grave abuse of authority (oppression),” the Court said.

    It added: “The prompt implementation of an order of seizure is called for only in instances where there is no question regarding the right of the plaintiff to the property. Where there is such a question, the prudent recourse for Andres is to desist from executing the order and convey the information to his judge and to the plaintiff.”

    The Court said Andres violated Section 6, Rule 60 of the Rules of Court which says that the sheriff must retain custody of the seized property for at least 5 days. Investigation showed that the 9 vehicles were already in Silver’s possession no more than 3 days after the vehicles were seized.

    The Court also faulted Andres for not returning the motor vehicles to their lawful owners.

    For being a first-time offender, the SC suspended Andres for 1 year without pay for gross neglect of duty and another 6 months for grave abuse of authority.

    It also warned Andres that a similar offense in the future shall be dealt with more severely.

    The ponencia was signed by SC Associate Justice Leonardo Quisumbing and concurred by SC magistrates Dante Tinga, Ruben Reyes, Teresita Leonardo-de Castro and Arturo Brion.

    The Department of the Interior and Local Government is currently investigating Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte for punching Andres repeatedly during last Friday’s demolition in Davao’s Agdao district.

    Duterte has refused to apologize to Andres, arguing that the sheriff refused her request to delay the demolition for 2 hours until she has spoken to the informal settlers affected by the demolition.

    For his part, Andres had said he would be held criminally liable if he delays the demolition.

    It was not immediately known if Andres’ previous case would have any bearing in the Duterte punching incident.

    From – http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/-depth/07/05/11/davao-sheriff-suspended-2008-undue-haste

  38. Concern Dabawenyo says:

    Erratum:

    This should read as:

    Why are you very affected with this issue? How about the Ampatuan’s case? hmmm…

  39. Concern Dabawenyo says:

    Why are very affected with this issue? How about the Ampatuan’s case? hmmm…

    • Concern Dabawenyo says:

      Erratum:

      This should read as

      Why are you very affected with this issue? How about the Ampatuan’s case? hmmm…

      peace :)

  40. Anna says:

    hey author..dont compare Duterte to Baac..ang lau ng issue..in your lengthy years of news coverage..you suck..san ka ba nagaral o wala kalang maisip na maikumpara..read a lot…bagu ka magsulat..

    to those who doesnt want to live in davao..then dont we dont want you there..find the link of TIME MAGAZINE..”the punisher”…para magka hint kau..kng anu ang davao..wag kaung talak ng talak..

    • raissa says:

      Anna,

      Your belligerent tone merely tells me that underneath the peace and order and security of Davao is something quite sinister.

      • ted says:

        like everybody else’s comments here, you should not compare sara duterter (or the dutertes) with that governor baac. you yourself said baac is a jueteng lord, while the dutertes are what will you call them again?

        look. the sheriff admitted his mistakes, let’s call it as a mistake on his part because his decision created the riot. if the mayor did not arrive, there could be bloodshed as the policemen were armed with armalites and the people are ready to die to defend their ‘homes’.

        as a davaoeno, i know what is going to happen next – THIS IS WHY MAYOR SARA IS SO MAD. she is mad because people might get killed. there are already casualties when she arrived.

        in your questions:
        Can warlordism exist in a democracy?
        the dutertes are not warlords, they are our protectors in davao.
        fyi, i was born and grew up in davao. i don’t have to elaborate, you are a journalist. research about the what kind of city is davao before mayor rody duterte’s term. and compare it to today’s davao. actually, try visiting davao to experience it yourself (davao vs. manila)

        Are the Dutertes the kind of officials we need to bring progress to the country?
        you are asking the wrong question. rody duterte never, ever, wanted to serve the “country”, if you are referring to the whole country. he just want to serve DAVAO. yes, davao. haven’t you heard that he is one of PNoy’s choices as DILG sec?

        my final words, the dutertes are well-loved in davao. even in other regions in mindanao. put this in mind, davao is safer with the dutertes. again, safer.

        • mommynijack says:

          tama. even the ampatuans behave like people in davao because they know that no one’s gonna take s**t from them, least of all the government.

      • shandelsy says:

        raissa,

        have you known the whole thing??? you should have seen it with your own eyes… don’t judge based on what had been delivered by media… it seems that you’re just collecting a craft of others…

        • anonymous says:

          don’t judge the duterte’s so quickly. try staying longer in davao, you’ll probably regret bashing the dutertes. (and what I meant by that is not regret because by the time you’ll step in there, the dutertes will be after you but regret after seeing how peaceful and orderly davao is) second pa, sa mga taga-luzon, just because you’re near the national offices doesn’t mean you know everything. kami rin mga taga mindanao, we know what we are doing and we are doing it for the betterment of mindanao and possibly our nation. besides, tao lang rin ang mga duterte, nagkamali rin sila, may pagkamali rin tayo. just because they’re popular doesn’t mean they’re picture perfect. tao lang rin sila. only God is perfect.

  41. Gladisia says:

    naku po! tama bang hingin sa Panginoon ang hindi maganda para sa kapwa? don’t curse other people manang baka bumaliktad sau instead y dont you pray for the country that u have forsaken at ni ayaw mong balikan. peace po! ^_^

  42. Concern Dabawenyo says:

    I hope you will realize what you are saying is truly unacceptable for us Dabawenyos. You’re not a saint so don’t judge our Mayor, come on! Even if you will ask every Filipino or make a poll question if Davao City is a safe place to live in, I assure you it will get a higher score. I am not discriminating other places here in the Philippines, but even if I go in some places here, I will still choose to live in Davao City for the rest of my life.

    If you have time please check the crime rate of Davao City, it is very low, isn’t it? i am very confident to ride a taxi even if late at night, texting my friends along the road, wearing my jewelries, etc. because we know that we are safe.

    We are not only defending our Mayor but we are defending our city and our people. Please understand that even if you will hear anything bad against your city or your mayor, you will do the same.

    Isa pa, we are all Filipinos hindi tayo dapat nag away2x.

    Peace be with you.

  43. Evg says:

    lol, you need more research dude. you cant compare our mayor from other cities. and yes if the duterte rules our country, you will also experience what davao city is all about. Philippine needs a father that’s ready to protect his children hindi ung walang political will.

    • shandelsy says:

      “you need more research dude” >> better said, let her live in davao city so that she could see and experience the difference… and she could eat up her wrong judgements…

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    Cons: Bad wordpress site design..
    Worst navigation and page structuring
    No footer nav and footer nav/content
    Bad widget arrangement

    My Advice: Upper right widget content should be placed at RH side of the header..kinda like a quote. Your page structure must be consistent (i.e. Your blog category must be under one Nav link) One proper example of Nav link must be in this order: Home | Blog | About Me | Contact Me. In that way you can’t expend two lines just for your navigation. If you want your followers to join, like or subscribe your site; you must place your subscribe, facebook and facebook like button widget to the upper RH column of your site. In that way users can easily find it and subscribe immediately without having them to scroll down.

    And lastly, try using nicer WP themes. I’m very sure you know where to find them right..? (–,) and hire a web designer if you want your blogsite to be more presentable to read at..

    (‘_^)v

    • raissa says:

      Thanks for the critique. Will consider your suggestions.

      Except that you’re biased yourself when you say “Nice blog for one side of information.” You obviously did not read my post http://raissarobles.com/2011/07/06/please-mayor-sara-duterte-break-out-of-your-daddys-outmoded-feudal-ways/
      which put Mayor Sara’s side of the issue.

      • sparda says:

        Ah my bad..I overlooked it..Sorry..But then again nice posts about this. I just hope they get to know Davao and her people first before posting comments (^^,) In my opinion, it was just a small issue, letting the anger and frustration out on somebody who didn’t carry out her request that should have prevented the premature demolition.

        Alam mo ang nakakalungkot kasi dito is pinapalaki ang isyu eh. Merong namang mas malalaking isyu other than panununtok lang ng Sheriff di ba..? Wag nyo na dagdagan ng mga nonsense comments ang mga posts na ito (You know who you are) lalo na kung paninira lang sa aming siyudad ang laman nito. Nasasabi nyo lang yan kasi jan kayo nakatira. For once, try to live here in Davao before some of you posts some negative feedbacks to our city. I assure you our city is a good place to live in (‘_^)v

        One more thing Ms. Raissa, change your permalink structure to %category%/%postname%/
        It’s short and SEO friendly. (^^,)

  45. Jojo Rom says:

    WELCOME TO DAVAO CITY! The most peaceful city for the innocents and the most dangerous city for the criminals….those who comment against the Duterte’s.I invite you to stay in Davao and just observe for 1 week…later you will realize Davao doesn’t need saintly leaders….Then you imagine how the Philippines would be if the Duterte-type Leadership handle the case of Ampatuans, the cases of Drugs, Rape, Illegal demolition, Kidnapping, car napping, robbery, snatching, illegal logging…riots…AND LASTLY,,KNOW HOW DAVAO WAS BEFORE DUTERTE AND HOW LARGE THE CITY TO BE HANDLED BY THE SAINTS INCLUDING YOU….

    • Jojo Rom says:

      “IF” WE WERE IN THE POSITION OF DUTERTES’ HANDLING DAVAO’S PEACE AND ORDER…SURELY YOU WILL DO MORE THAN A DIRTY FINGER…BUT THE REALITY IS WE CANNOT BE SAINTS IN AN UNJUST AND SUPERFICIAL SOCIETY WHERE WE ARE NOW,,, WITH SUPERFICIAL PEOPLE/LEADERS LIKE DUTERTE’S CRITICS…

  46. mac miller says:

    kill your self asshole

  47. Mar Salazar says:

    Your article is truly incisive. I was also, for a while, on the side of Sara Duterte.

    But you brought out the more telling issue, the more macro-view: the true face of warlordism.

    I hope that you article and the responses you got from the warlord and his pacified, well behaved constituents from that peaceful area in Mindanao, can be made as Exhibit A in the discussion of the case in the Supreme Court and the CHR.

    Also, in academic discussions on authentic democracy versus tribal, feudal, faux-democracies.

  48. Froi Tiglao says:

    Mayor Sara Duterte had every reason and the right to get furiously mad, but resorting to physical violence is not proper considering that she is the mayor. What happened to the Rule of Law? I can’t imagine this world if everyone resorted to violence when mad. Those in power must lead by example, by their deeds. I believe the mayor was just so upset, she temporarily lost control of herself. But who hasn’t, amongst us, have not lost control of ourselves? If so, she should apologize.

    The bottom line here is that I believe the mayor really cares for her constituents.

  49. Romdel says:

    Always asked if I’d like to live in Davao, hell no as long as the Duterte’s are there I wouldn’t spend a week in Davao. The city is living in a false pretext of peace, kasi walang gustong magreklamo at walang pwedeng kumontra.

    I just hope one day the people of Davao will not end up just like the Ampatuans did in Maguindanao. There’s no place in a civilized society yung pinagagawa ng mga Duterte, siguro naman mga sibilisado ang mga Dabawenyo :)

    Peace!

    • Death-Squad-Cuddlers says:

      you obviously don’t know anything about davao city. i will never replace davao city to any city any where in the philippines, especially in the cities of Luzon.

      Tell me what has the Malacañang done to solve the the war in mindanao? NONE.

      you will never know what it’s like until you live here in davao city or any place else in mindanao.

      you compare the dutertes to the ampatuans? LOL

      I should know kasi kapitbahay ko ang mga ampatuans dito sa davao. hindi tao ang mga ampatuans. sila ang nag-astig astigan dito, may mga pinatay na yan sila d2 in public places, pero hindi nagalaw ng Davao City Government, alam mo kung bakit?

      malakas ang mga ampatuans that time kay former president Glory-Hole Arroyo, ang pinaka malakas na leader ng ating bansa na naka-base sa Luzon, ang lugar na pinagmamalaki nyong maraming magagaling.

      and speaking of the ampatuans? what has Malacañang done to the maguindanao massacre case? NOTHING OF COURSE!

      you know why? Most Leaders in Luzon are either corrupt or No Balls at all.

      ALL BARK. NO BITE.

      TAGA MANILA SIBILISADO??? LOL!!!

      manood nga kayo ng pulis report sa news, kadalasan sa namamatay jan sa manila mga inosenteng biktima ng mga kriminal. (bank robbing, car jacking, hold up, rape, etc.)

      pulis report dito sa davao, MGA CRIMINAL ANG BIKTIMA. LOL!!!

      “kasi walang gustong magreklamo at walang pwedeng kumontra.”
      mga kriminal lang ang nagrereklamo dito kasi paubos na sila.

      Next time you say something about a place, make sure you really know something.

      Don’t make yourself look like a blabbering idiot.

      oh btw, i wouldnt spend a day walking the streets of manila…

      TOO DANGEROUS! LOTS OF LOCOS ON THE LOSE!

      • Death-Squad-Cuddlers says:

        ooOps..ON THE LOOSE! typo wkwkwk!

        • Linus says:

          Lol how weird 2 years ago a roamed around manila at 3-4am tops and nothing happened to me. instead nakipag inuman ako with 10 other manilians wahahaa and from the (California) no drama? geez man humans are made to be hospitable even criminals know LOGIC so stfu you know nothing about being democratic and free. you should just stay on one corner and be an ignorant F’cuk (w/o LOGIC)

          • atf says:

            Taga america ka at ganyan pa rin ang english mo, basurero ka siguro duon, besides kung mukha kang unggoy hindi ka gagalawin ng kapwa mong unggoy

    • sparda says:

      Siguro ayaw mong tumira dito sa Davao kasi sa tingin ko pusher ka jan or maraming illegal activities (–,)

      Ayaw mong tumira dito kasi walang magpoprotekta sayo. Kung mabait ka naman at walang intensyong gumawa ng masama sa kapwa..You’re super safe to stay here 24-7 (^^,)v

    • Juan says:

      Tanga, ang negrereklamo lng sa dabaw ay ang mga pusher, snatcher, magnanakaw at mga rapist. Kung takot kang pumunta ng dabaw malamang isa kang pusher o addict.

      Oh by the way I went to manila once… Fuck…I can’t bear to look at kids in the streets sniffing rugbies…WTF…Your mayor even can’t do anything to those kids. Sa amin malinis wlang mga rugby boys, wla ring mga taong grasa…inalalagay sila sa tamang lugar. mental hospital o sa bahay pasilungan hindi pinapabayaan.

      Pumunta rin ako ng Cebu…Putang ina umgang-umaga muntik ng masnatchan ng cellphone ang tatay ko..ang dumi pa ng mga kalsada lahat parang basura. Dito kahit palengke malinis..at hindi mabaho…

      We would rather take a punch from our Mayor than being mugged in the streets by some other people..or loose the security of our families here in Davao.

      Speaking of Ampatuans mga kapitbahay lng namin sila…

    • karl asper says:

      Well, people today are not same people during martial law. We know when things have to end. Davaweños could easily replace the dutertes during election time, but mind you they didn’t because they wanted and like their kind of ledership. It is just like a father who would gentle force to keep his children behaved and later in adult life realized how fortunate they are to have such kind of a father. Gets mo?

  50. CN9A 4G63T says:

    You guys there from Manila or Luzon Don’t know everything about Davao City, I encountered some Manilenos/Manilenas and most of them have inaccurate facts about the life in Davao. Most of you guys think that bombings and terrorism were common, that lawless death squads rule the streets of the city, they were all wrong.

    Davao city is a very peaceful place to live, in fact I can proudly say that this city (Davao) is the MOST peaceful city here in the Philippines where you can freely walk in the streets at 2 or 3 in the morning without being held up, raped, and stab to death by criminals.

    People here are respectful and law abiding citizens. We have our own emergency hotline 911 (Police, fire Medical Rescue) where we can call for help in times trouble and emergencies for FREE (in the US they charge you for every emergency call you make) and we Davaoenos owe this peace and order to our beloved Mayor and Vice Mayor.

    Regarding the “punching incident”, on the first place it is the Sheriff who did not follow the orders of the Lady Mayor, he chose not to respect the order of his superior and there is an abuse of right and authority on the part of the sheriff (ref. Article 19 of the CC). Yes,

    The punching act of the Lady Mayor may not be the proper way of solving things up but it is justifiable. It only shows how the Mayor loves her people specially the poor and the weak. It only shows that the Lady Mayor is concerned about the safety of both the squatters and the Police/demolition team, because in the first place, things would not end up in a RIOT if the Sheriff listened and followed the order of Mayor Inday Sarah.

  51. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says:

    bias din tong mga media sa manila, bat hindi nila pinapalabas sa tv ung mga biktima ng mga Demolition ung pulis na naglalalkad wyl may indian pana pa na naka tanim at ung 10 years old na batang nasigatan?, para lang ba sa ratings isasakripisyo nyu ung patas na pagbabalita?…tama nga sa inyu ung dirty finger

    leave davao alone..mga putang ina nyu.nagmamagaling pa kayo sa amin dito

    • raissa says:

      Is that REALLY how a mayor should talk?

      That is, if you REALLY are the mayor.

      • sparda says:

        Mayor or not..You’re offending Davao CIty and her people. I actually don’t care what you say. But know this, we are humans, sometimes we snap and do things that even ourselves cannot control. Even God lose his temper and wiped out the Earth once (I’m pretty sure you read the bible)

        Kaya just stay cool and observe ka lang muna sana. Before you offend more and more davaoeños (‘_^)v

    • bong honculada anasco says:

      i agree
      maybe u r a criminal afraid afraid to live in our peaceful city

  52. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says:

    Ano? Mga columnist? Oh! (shows dirty finger) f.u.c..k you critics…mind your own corrupt mayor…. nagmamagaling pa kayo sa tga davao, eh more than 20 years naming mayor yan…

    sana tlga naisip ipinagpatuloy ung plan ng mga mindanao political leaders na maging independent na ang mindanao sa pilipinas..

    • raissa says:

      Are you REALLY Mayor Rodrigo Duterte?

      Your IP address shows you are based in Davao City.

    • juan says:

      naku.masyado na kayong magaling..atleast mga tao ESPECIALLY mga MAYOR hindi nag pupu$T4£ng *NA AT nag didirty finger..they are more civilized than you are..

  53. Blue Ophelia says:

    I was disturbed from the get-go, and I couldn’t see why you were applauding her. She claims she got peeved because violence erupted at the demolition, and yet she, in turn, smacks some dude. So violence against one is okay? It’s like roughing up a kid because he roughed up another kid. Not exactly enlightened parenting.

    I feel bad for this Sheriff, who, let me point out, is also her constituent. Someone whose rights she is also defending. His life will probably never be the same.

    • raissa says:

      I was mistaken to base my reaction and opinion on the GMA News clip.

      But you see, this was a developing story. The more information I got, the more disturbed I was by the string of events.

  54. Lorena says:

    This is subject matter for the CHR to tackle

    • sparda says:

      Grabe naman kayo..Di pa nga nasosolve yung Ampatuan case itatackle nyo pa itong issue nato..Di ba dapat First In First Out ang pagsosolve ng mga kaso hindi Last In First Out..?

  55. Toblerone says:

    Attty. Mayor Sara Duterte has not only backing but a powetrip to the max. She should be reprimanded by Pnoy!

    What a shame to Davao!

    • Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says:

      F_u_c_k you with dirty finger

      • raissa says:

        I would like to ask you some questions since you are from Davao City.

        How long have the squatters been living in that area?

        How many are they?

        What did the Dutertes promise in the last election to do for the squatters living in that area?

        How long has the court case been going on and when was the court order handed down?

        Did the city government offer to buy that area and turn it over to the squatters?

        Who owns the land and did the city government ever talk to the landowner about the eviction?

        • sara duterte says:

          The City Government already set aside a 22-hectare relocation site in Los Amigos for the residents who will be displaced.

          Duterte, however, said that for those who are not indigents, the City Government is ready to relocate them to a site in Tibungco for free.

          Source : http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2011/07/02/mayor-halts-support-hall-justice-164523

          My legal opinion are as follows to wit; First, there was no violation of court order. The Mayor respected it, believing that she is bound by the force and effect of law. She only asked for 2-hour extension just to prevent chaos, preventing evil to rule on the ground, which is reasonable and legal. Had the sheriff granted the reasonable request, there would be no riot at all, considering that the Mayor has the trust and respect from the people. Second, the act of punching, while it caused damage to the sheriff, is justified by the overwhelming force and effect of humanitarian acts, i.e public safety, public order, among others. And lastly, to rule otherwise would violate the well-settled and well-recognized principle in law and humanity that “those who have less in life should have more in law.”

          Justice (orders/writs issued by the court) without mercy is tyranny”. The court forgot the meaning of “social justice”

          • Michael says:

            agree…. its all about being righteous thats why theres a term called (righteous kill) because it is what it is. And this doesn’t bother me at all because I see 4-1000000 side of this story which is biased in all 4-100000000000000 ratio’

            This should be a life lesson to all moooooooooooorons….( you can’t always have what you want)

    • sparda says:

      That’s was not powertrip man..That was just an outlet of a person under pressure..You must understand that we just had a calamity last week and then that premature demolition happened..What do you think you would do in her position (come on don’t be a saint and answer honestly (–,) )

      Katulad din yan sa pag-agaw ng syota mo ng bespren mo.. Kaya don’t say anything bad when you don’t know the person..

      PS: Don’t watch too much TV especially those self righteous News Networks. Broaden your perspective because there are other sources of news and info..And please always listen to both sides of story before you make a disturbing statement to our beloved city. (‘_^)v

    • bong honculada anasco says:

      so P NOY should be reprimanded also coz Philippines is one of the most dangerous place to live…note… except DAVAO city..shame on them…im not from Davao city but everybody in mindanao feel that DAVAO is the sanctuary of the peace loving people…adto ra gud mo sa DAVAO be…

  56. yesorno says:

    really disturbing.. by the way.. i been trying to search your website many times but can’t find it. So i need to browse your previous blogs. Thanks to Mr Heckler

  57. GabbyD says:

    i’m confused. now ur against what she did, but you were in favor of it before?

    • raissa says:

      Yes, GabbyD,

      I was in favor of her smacking the Sheriff, which was what the GMA News TV clip showed.

      But it turns out she not only smacked the Sheriff, her bodyguards hauled him back and she pulled his hair.

      The first was a manly thing to do, in my opinion. The second showed she was a bully.

      I also praise her for her taking a leave of absence at once to give way to the investigation. And for conceding that was not one of her best moments.

      And that’s why I had to write this. To put the incident in a national context.

      Raissa

      • manilamac says:

        Thank you for giving this a full posting. As I posted before, my heart is with the squatters, who are so often driven from their homes without being offered any alternative. The present administration has publicly stated, I believe, that such was not to be done, but it still happens anyway.

        But warlordism is also a problem and a “Wild West” approach is something we should avoid because without rule of law, who knows what a given powerful person may decide is “for the good of the people.”

        BTW, I know my evidence was not nearly as good as yours (in my previous comment) and I admire it that you pursued the truth of the matter. That’s one reason I follow your blog. Thank you.

    • if you do not know the real cause of it all you would say that the lady mayor is wrong.BUT, KNOWING THAT THE SHERIFF DID NOT FOLLOW THE MAYORS ORDER TO GIVE HER TWO HOURS TO TALK TO THE PEOPLE, SHE WAS NOT FOLLOWED AND THE SHERIFF COMMENCED HIS DEMOLITION ACT WITH THE SHERIFF FORCES, THE SQUATTERS FOUGHT AGAINST IT THE MELEE CAUSES UNREASONABLE PAIN THAT COULD HAVE BEEN ABORTED WITH THE DIPLOMATIC INTENDED APPROACH OF MAYOR SARAH DUTERTE that was the reason for her to order the sheriff to wait just for two hours. therefore, in my opinion, she maybe a lady only mayor but damn it follow her order it is her obligation to protect her constituents.No one in his mind would prosecute The lady mayor for her heroic deeds tho’ uncommon for a lady to get mad. in the the case of the Baguio incident that was a no!no! that was an invasion with total disrespect to the broadcaster, as it had always been happening in our land a radio broadcaster killed because they exposed the sitting power that be in the case of Puerto Princesa, two good and popular activist radio broadcaster dead.this has to stop and investigated thoroughly, we are no longer a dictator state. Lets give justice to the victims of killed media people.\

      • Minerva Holman says:

        My friend ask me why I do not want to reitre in the Philippines and this is one of the reasons why I do not want to. There are lots of people who do not want to be criticized and do not accept any logical reasoning. They act according to the power they hold. The mayor should be sued for battery and assault and MUST be convicted of battery and assault with penalty of jail time and hefty fines to show others that violence is not to be condoned. In my opinion there is no real justice in the Philippines. MONEY talks so much, it can make RIGHT ACTIONS a crime, and a CRIME OUT OF RIGHT ACTIONS.

        I hope the Filipinos can sleep tight and walk around safely. I also believe politicians do not care for their constituents, to me that is BULL CRAP in election campaign. Politicians are fighting during elections for a position to gain power and whatever, ….. and the last person you will ever believe on this world are politicians.

        DO UNTO OTHERS WHAT YOU WANT OTHERS TO DO UNTO YOU. MAY GOD GIVE SENTENCE TO SARA DUTERTE AND HER FATHER FOR THE VIOLENCE THEY COMMITTED UNTO OTHERS TELEVISED OR NOT. AMEN

        • Michael says:

          are you stupid or just a true moronic idiot from god knows where….

          first’ its a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY…who, what, where, lol whom would anyone care whatever happens to this FORSAKEN country (worst than CUBA) be realistic….

          this isn’t S.Korea, MALAYSIA,JAPAN, or or or CHINA…

          ORDER-DOESN’t-MAKE-SENSE-____________. _________, The PHILIPPINES.

          ONLY MARCOS could’ve done a better job at this. WHICH IS ORDER

        • Xiarra says:

          You have no right to criticize our Mayor because you’re not living in Davao City. We are a peaceful and liveable city. If it weren’t for her and for her father, drug abusers, violence, snatchers and rapists will be rampant in our city.

          People in DAVAO CITY can really sleep very well. Why? because we feel very safe knowing that we have a Mayor Sara Duterte governing the city.

          • juan says:

            its no doubt that the duterte’s really transformed DAVAO.but the point is, how the mayor act.. she should have controlled her emotions..DAVAO is still part of the REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES..AND NOT the KINGDOM of duterte’s

            • davaogirl says:

              If you’re not a DABAWENYO, mind you’re own business! Research and look into the whole situation before you make your own judgment. Just like in the saying, “he who have not sinned throw the first stone”. Our mayor may not be diplomatic but at least she gets the job done and she’s not afraid to do it. The system may not be pleasing to others but it’s working in Davao.

              • raissa says:

                Hello?

                You think Davao is NOT part of the Philippines?
                That you are not bound by the same Philippine laws?

              • anonymous says:

                the culture in davao & manila is different. every city has it’s different culture even though they’re part of one nation and yes, every city has the right to it’s own law, (as long as hindi lalabag sa constitution natin & national laws) that’s what the city ordinances are for. a piece of advice for people outside davao though, before you judge davao, research muna, baka mali yung mga sinasabi n’yo and before ending this comment, konting respeto lang po, every city has it’s own culture but we’re still one nation.

    • Xiarra says:

      I think it’s her way for people to notice her articles and I guess the strategy works. :)

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