Davao mayor 'mauls' sheriff over violent demolition
- Dennis Carcamo () - July 1, 2011 - 1:54pm

MANILA, Philippines - Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte this morning mauled a court sheriff for pushing through with the violent demolition of informal settlers.

A radio report said the local chief executive rained punches on Sheriff Abe Andres whom she asked for two more hours or up to 11 a.m. to come up with a temporary restraining order that would suspend the implementation of the demolition order.

People managed to stop Duterte from throwing more blows to Andres, who was immediately brought to a hospital, the report added.

Duterte reportedly got furious after Andres did not heed her request to hold the eviction of informal settlers in Block 1, Block 2, Block 3, Soliman and Bangoy Streets in the city.

Around 500 residents were set to be evicted today from the area, a report added.

In a radio interview, Duterte admitted that she lost control when she attacked Andres.

"Nag-uusap kami ng city housing officer ko na kahit hanggang alas onse lang... Sinabi ko sa kanya hintayin n’yo ako, kasi hindi naniniwala ‘yung mga tao kasi ako ang kausap nila," she said, adding she has already talked with the affected residents regarding the demolition.

When she arrived at the site, members of the demolition team, whom she said were men paid by Andres to force the residents out of their homes, started the eviction, which left several people injured.

"Tinuloy nya (Andres) ‘yung demolition. Ginamit n’ya yung nag riot-riot dito binayaran nya, kaya iyun nag-riot... Nagdilim na ang paningin ko kasi dahil sa isang tao na hindi nagbigay ng dalawang oras, madami ang nasaktan na puwede namang maiwasan," she said.

Duterte just came from the relief operations due to the recent flashfloods in Davao before going to the demolition site.

ANDRES DAVAO DAVAO CITY MAYOR INDAY SARA DUTERTE DEMOLITION DUTERTE GINAMIT NAGDILIM SHERIFF ABE ANDRES SINABI SOLIMAN AND BANGOY STREETS TINULOY
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