DAVAO CITY, Philippines - Davao City Vice-Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has urged her daughter, Mayor Sara Duterte, not to apologize to court sheriff Abe Andres for punching him in the face during the demolition of informal settlers' shanties in Agdao last Friday.
Instead, Duterte commended her daughter, saying she was doing her job.
He encouraged her to face whatever charges may be thrown her way.
Duterte said he is proud of his daughter, who should not be worried about losing her job and being disbarred. "You celebrate, be happy, at least with the thought na nagprotect ka sa mga tao," he added.
Mayor Duterte earlier apologized to judges and court employees, saying she was just carried away by her emotions.
Andres, meanwhile, also said that he too was just doing his job.
He added that he might be charged by the court if he decided not to implement the demolition order.
"Kakasuhan kasi nila ako, nade-delay na daw kasi, antayin ko nalang yung court advise kaya lang nung ginagawa na yung pagsusurvey, nagkagulo na. Hindi pa niya nalaman yung buong katotohanan. Gusto ko sanang magpaliwanag sana makarating sa kanya. As a lawyer, bilang abogado, dapat alam niya na hindi siya naghimasok. me rule kasi na sinusunod," Andres said.
He did not say if he will sue the mayor.
Mayor Duterte said she will take a 5-day leave beginning Thursday as the Department of the Interior and Local Government starts its investigation of the incident. - Report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News Southern Mindanao; ANC