Metro mayors react to Duterte punching incident

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 02 2011 10:48 PM | Updated as of Jul 04 2011 07:43 AM

MANILA, Philippines - A number of mayors in Metro Manila expressed support for Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte over Friday's punching incident involving her and a court sheriff.

Duterte punched Davao Regional Trial Court sheriff Abe Andres repeatedly in the face after the latter ignored her request for a 2-hour extension before pushing through with the demolition of informal settlers' shanties in Agdao district.

According to Valenzuela Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian, Duterte only did this to prevent further violence during the demolition.

"Mayor Sara did what she did to avoid bloodshed. If that demolition did not stop, a lot of people will get hurt," he said.

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, on the other hand, said that he might have reacted the same way Duterte did.

"Hindi mo rin siya masisi sa kinalagyan niya," Lim said.

A spokesperson for Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, however, defended the court sheriff. Quezon City public information officer Greg Banacia said Andres was merely doing his job.

"We all saw in nationwide telecast what the mayor of Davao did to a poor sheriff doing his job," he said.

Banacia added that a similar incident would not happen in Quezon City, where they prefer to engage in dialogue.

"I am sure we don't do that in a civil community like Quezon City," he said.

Meanwhile, the City Mayors League of the Philippines begged off from commenting on the issue at this time. -- ANC