'Supreme sacrifice': Paolo Duterte's resignation draws mixed reactions

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 25 2017 05:07 PM

The sudden resignation of Paolo Duterte as Vice Mayor of Davao City on Christmas Day has drawn various reactions from several political figures.

Senator JV Ejercito lauded Duterte's move, saying "it takes guts and courage to make that ultimate sacrifice."

Ejercito said Duterte made the "supreme sacrifice" of resigning from post.

"He most likely wanted to spare the President of further controversies from both personal and political issues," he said.

Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto said Duterte's move shows that he respects delicadeza.

"It also proves he is not the 'kapit-tuko' type. He deserves our respect," he said.

In a statement on Monday, Duterte said his resignation is effective December 25.

Congressman Gus Tambunting of Parañaque's 2nd District likewise respects the decision of Duterte.

"It is his prerogative if he believes his resignation is in the best interest of his family," he said. "Let the legal succession take its course so that functioning of Davao City will not be stalled."

But for ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio, he said quitting public office will not remove questions about Duterte's alleged involvement in the Davao Group and the P6.4 billion shabu smuggled into the country.

In his resignation letter, the Davao City vice-mayor said he is giving up his post after "recent unfortunate events in my life that are closely related to my failed first marriage."

"These, among others, include the maligning of my reputation in the recent name dropping incident in the Bureau of Customs smuggling case and the very public squabble with my daughter. The other person in this failed relationship is incorrigible and cannot be controlled And I take responsibility for all that has happened as a result of a wrong decision to marry at a very young age," he said. 

The vice-mayor's sister, Davao Mayor Sara Duterte, confirmed the news of Paolo's resignation in an interview with reporters. 

Duterte, eldest son of President Rodrigo Duterte, earlier said he will retire from politics in 2019. 

Recently, the Davao vice-mayor and his daughter, Isabelle, swapped curses and accusations in social media, with the older Duterte calling his daughter a “disgrace." 

His resignation comes in the wake of the tragic mall fire that killed 37 people and the havoc brought about by typhoon Vinta.