MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Monday flashed the dirty finger and cussed at critics of his daughter Sara following her widely-publicized punching of a trial court sheriff last Friday.
“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 said, when asked what he thought about the criticisms from columnists and those who have posted negative comments on the popular social networking site Facebook.
Mr. Duterte, now the acting mayor after his daughter went on leave, again defended his daughter's actions against Sheriff Abe Andres.
Duterte, a popular local official known for bringing peace and order to Davao City, said it doesn't really matter to them whether Sara is removed from her post or loses her license as lawyer.
If he was the mayor at that time of the demolition, Duterte said 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."
Two lawyers sent by Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo arrived in Davao City on Monday to investigate the violent incident last Friday between Duterte and Andres.
Sara faced the media again on Monday and thanked her family and those who have expressed support for her actions.
"Sa family, ganoon talaga kami. I understand his reaction, whether right or wrong, hindi kami nag-iiwanan," she said.
Sara will be on leave until July 11. -- report from Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News