Monday, July 11, 2011

Charges filed vs. Davao mayor who smacked demolition sheriff

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. (DILG Photo)

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / July 11, 2011) – Embattled Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio who smacked a demolition sheriff is facing charges after the Sheriffs Confederation of the Philippines Inc. (SCOPHIL) filed a case Monday against her.

Carpio, herself a lawyer, confronted Sheriff Abe Andres and punched him repeatedly after he ignored her request for a two hour extension of the demolition of some 200 illegal houses in Agdao district on July 1.

The mayor also pulled the hair of the sheriff as her bodyguards restrained him and twisted his arms to prevent him from running away.

Aside from the sheriffs, a lawyer was also reported to have filed a disbarment case against Carpio in connection with the violence. The SCOPHIL filed direct assault and grave misconduct against Carpio.

Carpio’s spokespersons said the mayor has given no statement yet about the filing of the cases. “Sorry, we have no immediate statement yet,” one of them told the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner.

But the mayor has previously said that she will not apologize for her violent outburst of emotions even if she is disbarred or remove as mayor. Her father, Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, said her daughter can run again in the next elections if she is removed from her post.

Duterte has repeatedly defended her daughter and said he will also do the same or worst because the sheriff ignored an order from the mayor. But the sheriff said the mayor has no jurisdiction over him.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, who ordered an investigation into the incident, said he would submit his report to President Benigno Aquino III.

“Hopefully within the week, we can forward our report to the President with our corresponding recommendations,” he said. (Mindanao Examiner)

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