ANAD hits Duterte’s
rule in Davao City as brazen thuggery!
By ANAD Parylist
QUEZON CITY – ANAD
Rep. Jun Alcover called on Davaoeños to stand up for justice, in its
real sense, as he decried the Duterte family’s iron fist and
dictatorial rule in Davao City. Rep. Alcover said that the
condemnable “I-punched-the-sheriff” incident last July 1 in Barangay
Soliman, Agdao District; and the reported refusal of Sheriff-victim
Abe Andres to file criminal charges against the City Mayor is more
than enough proof to show that the city is truly ruled by thugs where
the word of the gang-boss is the law.
“I can’t think of
anything else but Duterte’s fiefdom in the making when, in television
news reports, I saw City Vice-Mayor Digong Duterte and his son poking
dirty fingers against their critics and taunting CHR chair Etta
Rosales to helplessness,” the ANAD solon said.
and his son, a Davao City councilor, poking their dirty fingers are
not mere exercises of their freedom of expression but an open
challenge to the rule of law and national legal authority. This is a
highly despicable display of public disservice and sheer arrogance
deliberately made by a public official!” Rep. Alcover pointed out.
“I understand the
sheriff’s feeling when he apologized on television and expressed his
desire not to file a case against the City Mayor. No one in Davao City
would dare raise a finger against the Duterte family without putting
his dear life and that of his family, on the line. Without any second
thought, the Duterte’s exude power and blood reminiscent of the
dreaded Mafia syndicates as they seemed untouchables in their own turf
with about 90% of Davaoeños cowed in fear while 10% just keeping mum
yet having deep reservations against them,” he added.
“Government must now
show to all, that public officials are duty-bound to uphold the rule
of law and that they must conduct themselves in the highest standards
of public service,” said ANAD Rep. Jun Alcover in reaction to the
seeming timid response of Malacañang, the DILG, and the League of
Cities of the Philippines, to the incident.
“Malacañang and DILG
Secretary Jessie Robredo are duty-bound to act accordingly and with
dispatch to prevent a repeat of Davao City Mayor Sara-Duterte-Carpio’s
brazen display of thuggery to happen in other areas of the country,”
Rep. Alcover stressed.
“At the same time, as
a lawyer, City Mayor Duterte is fully aware of the consequences of her
act. She blatantly obstructed the imposition of a lawful order of the
court for which she should be cited for contempt and subjected to
appropriate disciplinary sanctions by the Supreme Court,” Rep. Alcover