ANAD Rep. Jun Alcover called on Davaoeños to stand up for justice, in its real sense, as he decried the Duterte family’s iron fist and dictatorial rule in Davao City. Rep. Alcover said that the condemnable “I-punched-the-sheriff” incident last July 1 in Barangay Soliman, Agdao District; and the reported refusal of Sheriff-victim Abe Andres to file criminal charges against the City Mayor is more than enough proof to show that the city is truly ruled by thugs where the word of the gang-boss is the law.

“I can’t think of anything else but Duterte’s fiefdom in the making when, in television news reports, I saw City Vice Mayor Digong Duterte and his son poking dirty fingers against their critics and taunting CHR chair Etta Rosales to helplessness.” the ANAD solon said.

“Vice Mayor Duterte and his son, a Davao City councillor, poking their dirty fingers are not mere exercises of their freedom of expression but an open challenge to the rule of law and national legal authority. This is a highly despicable display of public disservice and sheer arrogance deliberately made by a public official!” Rep. Alcover pointed out.

“I understand the sheriff’s feeling when he apologized on television and expressed his desire not to file a case against the City Mayor. No one in Davao City would dare raise a finger against the Duterte family without putting his dear life and that of his family, on the line. Without any second thought, the Duterte’s exude power and blood reminiscent of the dreaded Mafia syndicates as they seemed untouchables in their own turf with about 90% of Davaoeños cowed in fear while 10% just keeping mum yet having deep reservations against them,” he added.

“Government must now show to all that public officials are duty-bound to uphold the rule of law and that they must conduct themselves in the highest standards of public service,” said ANAD Rep. Jun Alcover in reaction to the seeming timid response of Malacañang, the DILG, and the League of Cities of the Philippines, to the incident.

“Malacañang and DILG Secretary Jessie Robredo are duty-bound to act accordingly and with dispatch to prevent a repeat of Davao City Mayor Sara-Duterte-Carpio’s brazen display of thuggery to happen in other areas of the country,” Rep. Alcover stressed.

“At the same time, as a lawyer, City Mayor Duterte is fully aware of the consequences of her act. She blatantly obstructed the imposition of a lawful order of the court for which she should be cited for contempt and subjected to appropriate disciplinary sanctions by the Supreme Court,” Rep. Alcover added.

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