Sunday, July 10, 2011

Homeless told they can stay in city council building

The homeless of a city in the Philippines were told not to look too far for shelter and stay at a building that houses the city council while in search of a place to stay.

“If you don’t have a house, go live in the city council building,” said Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, at a rally of some 2,000 people expressing support for Mayor Sara Duterte.

She is being investigated for her involvement in a scuffle with a court sheriff who was enforcing an order to demolish a slum community. The demolition was turning ugly when angry residents put up a fight, some firing slingshots and home-made arrows. One policeman was hit in the buttock by an arrow.

Rodrigo Duterte said the assault by his daughter on the sheriff simply showed “this government is for the helpless and the defenseless.”

The people of Davao, including the business sector, also found Sara’s controversial action justifiable. “What Inday (Sara Duterte) showed was the highest form of governance,” said Sebastian Angliongto, business representative who came to the rally.

Read the Philippine Daily Inquirer report here.


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