Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio, the embattled mayor of Davao City went on leave after the national government started its investigation on the now notorious “punching incident” involving her and a court sheriff. Replacing her is her equally famous (notorious?) father, former mayor now Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
The name synonymous with both “peace and order” and “rest in peace.”
Time Magazine once branded him “The Executioner” after he related this strange and disturbing story:
In 1993, Davao’s San Pedro Cathedral was hit with three grenades during an evening Mass. Six parishioners were killed. The attackers were Muslim militants, the sort easily found in Davao, a time-honored haven for kidnappers, bandits, communist rebels and roaming private armies. Four of the attackers were quickly arrested. Just as quickly, Duterte relates, “They went missing.” Disappeared. Dead. “Then,” the mayor says flatly, “it got ugly.” Further killings? “More like assassinations,” he says. The targets — other militants — didn’t receive the courtesy of arrest, much less a trial. Were they dispatched on his orders? “Oh no,” he responds. “I don’t believe in state-sponsored killing.” A pause. “I can’t say any more, but I taught them a lesson.”
It is not unexpected that Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s first agendas is to publicly lambast his daughter’s critics:
“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?
He goes on to boast that if he was the mayor at that time of the demolition, he not only would he have punched the sheriff, he would also have kicked the officer of the court.
“You ask the people here in Davao, you ask the media, buti nga kung ganun lang abutin mo sa kin, p#t@ng!@ (expletive),” he said. “Kung ako ang mayor, may tama yan talaga.”
“Sa family, ganoon talaga kami. I understand his reaction, whether right or wrong, hindi kami nag-iiwanan.”