by Earlie Doriman
|Mayor Sarah Duterte of Davao City, Philippines|
Punch the Sheriff
I was at first flabbergasted to see the video clips showing the lady mayor threw more than two hard punches at the sheriff who led the team of early morning demolition in
. If you did not know the whole story prior to the incident, you would right away denounce the act, consider it irresponsible, dub it as abuse of power and authority, and certainly you would express your disgust over and again. Agdao Davao City
|Flashflood in Davao City claiming|
more than 30 lives
|What's in view after the flashflood|
on the night of June 29, 2011
By now you must have realized what triggered the mayor to do a thing which she knew very well could put her name and reputation at stake, she being a public servant and a lawyer herself. She is just human who would also fail in her rational judgment at exceptional circumstances. If we would insist that being a public figure she must have conquered herself with deep sense to control her emotions, then we must chastised many of our congressmen and senators, who are more unbecoming and unethical fighting over personal issues and attacks in the house of representatives and in the senate. It is more disgraceful to see them behaving badly before the cameras with no genuine battle to fight, at least for Mayor Sarah it was an authentic fight even men of her position are afraid to confront.
The Media and CHR
|Marco Polo Hotel, one of the finest|
hotels in Davao
As always in the Philippine setting, broadcast media have overly magnified the issue, making it appear that the mayor of
is nothing but a bunch of war freak, which to me is simply callous and preposterous. They don’t know the Dutertes and they don’t have any single credibility to make such allegations. Quick to say, they have not truly understood the whole sense of it or more closely some journalists are ignorant of their own ethics to completely miss their objectives - reporting the issue fairly and squarely. The Commission of Human Rights (CHR) comes into the picture and their officials make it emerge they are deeply concern about the human right violations committed by the mayor. Davao City
It just made me wonder why couldn’t they just invest their time to numerous and more serious human rights violators who do not only punch an erring sheriff but also murdered, killed, and exploited innocent people. Isn’t that more intelligible and worth the office? I am so disappointed at how mediocre most of the television reporters who instead of giving facts and exact information to the viewing public, they themselves were biased and too subjective of the issue. How in this world you become a journalist if all you do is stir up or ask leading questions?
|Davao City Hall of Justice|
|Former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo|
Duterte, father of Sara Duterte
As to how the Dutertes successfully reconfigured the system and the local government of
is every politician’s envy, insecurity, and interests. The traditional politicians could not simply do it because they are not valiant enough to implement policies to effect real change. Moreover, most political leaders in the country would choose to maintain favourable reputation to future elections rather than achieve electoral trust by serving and leading unconventionally like the Dutertes. Davao
is infested with loads of traditional politicians ( called TRAPOs). From the highest seat of the president down to the lowest unit of the barangay, traditional politics is almost synonymous to culture and way of life. Exceptionally, Philippines has the Dutertes who spearhead Davao City to its present glory. They are not TRAPOs and they keep the city’s peace and order, progress, and unity at its best level. Davao
Duterte as a Leadership Theory
The central problem in the political system of the country is the presence of leaders whose philosophy of leadership is as rusted as the ruins of the old wars, the principle which was only effective in the pre-modern world where leadership means that a leader must be served by the people and that their being a leader provide them the opportunity to take, to acquire personal status, to take advantage at the expense of others, to corrupt as long as they want. Leaders who have no balls to confrontation and could not even defend their constituents. Leaders who have so much with words, but do so little with useful actions. This kind of leadership is a sham and continues to exploit and take advantage of the ordinary citizens.
|The People's Park of Davao City|
|Apo View Hotel, one of the first hotels of Davao|
, you truly have to live like a Davaoeno, a disciplined, law-abiding citizen, and a peace-loving individual. In Dutertes leadership, everyone is empowered but everyone is expected to be responsible of his deeds. If you could not live the good character expected of you, then better yet find another place to go. Davao
Is that leadership a symptom of tyranny? Absolutely not, because the Dutertes are not oppressive unlike the traditional clans of politicians in the country. It is simply based on cooperative governance where the leader is able to connect the expectations to the people and vice versa.
Does it contain colour of oligarchy? Absolutely no, the Dutertes are not the only political leaders of the
, they are just the most effective and well loved by its people. They are not the most powerful family in Davao City , they only become the most respected leaders of the City and this has brought about massive progress and life to its people. Davao
This is purely Duterte, a leadership theory based on discipline, responsibility, commitment, courage, and compassion.
As to the punching incident, Aristotle once said that everybody can get angry and that is very easy. But it is very hard to getting angry at the right person, with the right intensity, at the right time, for the right reason, and in the right way. Mayor Sara Duterte at that time just simply had all the requisites to get angry.