DAVAO, Philippines – Parts of Davao City were cloaked in green on Friday as around 9,000 residents showed their support for Mayor Sara Duterte, who faced criticism for punching sheriff Abe Andres last week.
Green is the favorite color of Mayor Duterte.
Residents, students and businessmen took part in a solidarity rally to express their support for their mayor.
At around 4 p.m., Davao’s version of Chinatown shut down its establishments to allow its employees join the rally.
The supporters marched towards Rizal Park, which was adorned with green flags.
"We have decided to come up with a rally to show solidarity and support to the city mayor," said organizer Mikee Aportadera.
Green ribbons also adorned People’s Park.
Students of Talomo National High School showed their support to the mayor by pinning green, heart-shaped notes on their uniforms.
"Sinusuportahan namin si mayor. Naiintindihan naming ang kaniyang ginawa," said student Carlou Lopez.
Teachers of the school also infused green accents into their clothes.
Meanwhile, the Sheriffs Confederation of the Philippines conducted a rally of their own as they marched towards the Quezon City Justice Hall on Friday afternoon.
The protestors were all dressed in black.
In a letter, the group said:
"The acts of Mayor Sarah Duterte are highly condemnable and should not be tolerated. It conjures up an image of a helpless court sheriff...while in the performance of his court duty and an angry mayor who seemed to be in a total disregard of the rule of law."
They also encouraged sheriff Andres to file a case over the incident. – With reports from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Southern Mindanao; Gus Abelgas, ABS-CBN News