Sara Duterte hailed for helping urban poor

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 10 2011 11:03 PM | Updated as of Dec 11 2011 10:35 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte received an award from the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) during the celebration of its 25th anniversary at the Urban Poor Solidarity Week in Malacañang on Friday.

The award recognizes individuals from various sectors who are known to help informal settlers.

Duterte was applauded by the audience when she received the award from President Benigno Aquino III.

Urban poor leaders were also given the Natatanging Paglingkod Award for their projects that aim to improve livelihood of informal settlers.

Duterte stirred controversy last July after media caught her on camera repeatedly punching the sheriff of the Davao Regional Trial Court Abe Andres during a demolition.

Duterte had asked for a 2-hour extension of the deadline to demolish shanties but demolition teams pushed through with their operation. -- Report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News