Sara Duterte spars with leftist solon over closure of Lumad schools

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 02 2019 07:05 PM

MANILA - Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Wednesday called on a lawmaker to quit her post for supposedly attacking state agencies.

Bayan Muna Rep. Eufemia Cullamat had slammed Duterte-Carpio over the closure of Lumad schools in Davao City.

The President's daughter hit back and said Cullamat should "resign first from Congress before she attacks the DepEd (Department of Education), AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) and government in general."

"The government pays for her office. The same government that has helped hundreds if not thousands of IP (Indigenous Peoples) students compared to the NPA (New People's Army) school they call Salugpungan," she said.

Cullamat earlier said Duterte-Carpio was also controlling the military in shutting down the schools.

"Ang anak na ito ng pangulo ay hindi na nahiya sa pinagsasasabi niyang kasinungalingan, at pinaggagagawa niyang pagpapatuta sa mga militar," she said.

(The president's daughter has no shame. She's a liar, she's the military's puppet.)

"Sa halip na suportahan ang pagsusumikap naming mga Lumad na makapag-aral, na dapat gawin ng mga katulad niyang opisyal ng pamahalaan, ay itinuturing pa niya itong masama? Anong kabastosan ito?"

(Instead of helping the Lumads get access to education, as any government official should, she's wrongly labeling them.)

Duterte-Carpio, meantime, said "civilian authority is supreme over the military."

"Apart from being a mouthpiece and defender of the CPP-NPA-NDFP, she is a big empty space. And for the record the AFP works for me, they only do as much as I allow them because civilian authority is supreme over the military. Siya dapat ang mahiya, di nga siya nagbabasa ng Philippine Constitution," Duterte-Carpio said.

In March, the city's peace and order council submitted a resolution to DepEd requesting the termination of permits of 11 Salugpungan schools in Davao City. 

Duterte-Carpio explained that the resolution was based on the "persistent problem of Salugpungan students not having academic records and individual learner’s reference number" and the presence of DepEd schools in areas where Salugpungan operates, which overrules the purpose of their school.

"The decision was based on facts, not on a whim or rumors as critics and anti-government forces want the public to believe," she said.

“Salugpungan clearly failed to give justice to the sacrifices and dreams of the Lumad students who spent their time with their organization. Salugpungan shall never operate in Davao City again because of this failure and unforgivable injustice,” she added.