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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Duterte has Davao's Support

We came from different cultures, different families, practice different religions, go to different schools, live different ways. We are so different in so many ways but there's one thing in common about us, WE ARE DABAWENYOS. And we are so proud of it.

Well, who wouldn't be? Davao is the only place in the country where I feel I am most safe. It's the only place where you can actually walk around downtown area in the wee hours of the morning while flaunting your most expensive gadget and not feel worried about it. Or where taxi drivers don't take advantage on you, especially when you're a tourist. Or where you can't spot a single smoker in the open (yep, health-wise, it's the safest). And yes, I can name more.

Although I am well aware that there are still cases of petty crimes like robbery, mauling, or gang riots in the slums or the outskirts of the city, but compared to all the other cities in the country, I can say that Davao is way safer, more peaceful, and the most livable city than any of them. That said, we give our kudos to our Davao Police, Task Force Davao, Davao SWAT Team, who are all vigilant and has shown great strength and efficiency in fighting crime; our Central 911 team (yep, the only one in the Philippines), with staffs well-trained, efficient, and fast enough to respond to emergency situations; and of course, The Punisher, the iron-hand, our only Mayor... Mayor Duterte.

The recent kidnap-for-random-shoot-out incident that happened two days ago has been the talk of the town. 3 kidnappers down, 1 arrested. And the kidnapped victim? Rescued and now safe at the hands of her family. The incident has drawn the the attention of citizens, media men, and I wouldn't be surprised, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR). Oh don't even make me begin with CHR's so-called "human rights", I also have qualms about it, but that deserves another post.

Anyway, I've been reading one article after another, watching news over and over (even though it's telling me the same old story). Yes, when it comes to issues regarding Davao, I am one of those who would take time to read, comment, discuss, speak out (this blog post for example), and waste a damn time bickering with trolls even though it looks unintelligent in a way.

Among all the articles that I have read, this one caught my attention: Duterte and the scary culture of impunity by Sher J. Urdaneta. Not that it was written brilliantly, but it is full of crap. I do not need to point out what's wrong with it. Take time to read the comments and you will know why. Rest assured, you will actually enjoy reading the comments more than the article itself. Anyway, back to why I'm blogging this, I just want to say, Miss Urdaneta, with all due respect, your claim to have spent all your life in Davao is apparently not true. How old are you then? Haven't you gotten past the infancy stage yet?

Calling the shootout incident as summary execution? Seriously, Ms. Urdaneta? I hope you didn't just write the article basing on what you've only read and heard on the news. Or worse, I hope the write up isn't politically motivated to make Davao, or our Mayor himself look bad. You're no different to CHR who meddles with the issue when they're actually not on the spot to back up their justification. Just like you, the CHR seems to be more concerned of the criminal's rights than of the victim's. Just like you, the CHR have also expressed their thoughts about the negativity of our Mayor's strong hand governance. Just like you, these CHR people are also not from Davao. And just like you, they blurt without even knowing what they're actually saying, for example...
CHR expressed death threats made by our city Mayor against criminals operating in the city. CHR chairperson Etta Rosales said that Duterte's threats are causing a state of insecurity among local residents due to fear of widespread violence and excessive use of force by government agents. (source)

I, who have actually spent my whole life in Davao, along with the real residents and citizens of Davao, have spoken and have shown full support to our Mayor and how he effectively runs the city. So I don't get where your and CHR's statements are coming from. My point here is, alam nyo ba ang mga pinagsasabi nyo?!

Whenever issues about Davao arise, expect supporters. A lot. You will raise the eyebrows of many, be bashed, judged, ridiculed, and dragged into the hot pits of the internet, especially if you speak out without knowing exactly what you're saying. I respect your freedom, and we, who have spoken have our freedom as well. May this be a lesson to you, and all the writers out there. That before you meddle and jump in the middle of controversies, Read, Research, and Think first before you say something, else you will feel the wrath of enraged citizens, not to mention, cyberbullies.

To all of you, like Ms. Urdaneta, who no longer feel safe because of the effective ways our Mayor does to eradicate crimes, you are free to leave. Like what our Mayor said, "If you are doing an illegal activity in my city, if you are a criminal or part of a syndicate that preys on the innocent people of the city, for as long as I am the mayor, you are a legitimate target of assassination.”

Davao: Life is here. Criminals, your life ends here.
Now tell me why would you not feel safe?



17 comments:

  1. Well written. I agree!!! Been wondering ang CHR basta kung kay Duterte parang personal na. Yung sa Maguindanao massacre parang no big deal sa kanila. And to you Ms Urdaneta you also have your opinions, we respect that but since hindi ka Davaoena, keep your mouth shut na lang.

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    1. masyado silang nangegealam. pero kung law-abiding citizen or di kaya pulis na ang pinatay wala namang mga write-ups na ganito, maliban na lang sa mga news. pero kung kriminal na ang pinatay sa pamamahala ni Duterte, ayun human rights violation agad.

      yun nga eh, kung sino pa ang hindi taga dito, sila pa yung mas "maraming alam"

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    2. Duterte is one tough act and I really admire how he leads the people of Davao. I wish we can have more leaders like him.

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    3. A friend once told me that Davao is the most safest place in the Philippines and I can understand why. :)

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  2. Duterte has done a good job in keeping Davao Clean and Peaceful and also a tourist haven.

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  3. I also support Duterte, especially that I'm from Davao. People not coming from our city do not understand kasi what our Mayor do for us. And besides, I don't think there's a violation of due process there. The operation was done in a legal manner. I think the CHR should focus on solving other issues instead of questioning how Mayor Duterte takes good care of Davao city.

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    1. true that! kung sino pa ang di taga Davao sila pa yung putak ng putak, diba? Little do they know we have Mayor's back. :)

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  4. For me Davao is a good city to live in, wag nlng pansinin ang CHR, maraming pang cases silang dapat asikasuhin...

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  5. i really admire the leadership of duterte in davao, very intelligent in getting some of the suspects!

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  6. Saludo kaming mga military sa ginawa ni Mayor. Takutan lang yan. Cheers to Davao City for having a mayor who has the political will kahit ala Dirty Harry ang style.

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  7. Dapat lang suportahin ang mayor ninyo for he is doing right to give due justice to those victims. The CHR has a different point of view. Your city is at stake and what is proper and for the security and welfare of every Dabawenos should be the primary concern of your mayor.

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  8. I'm not really from davao but I understand your point of view. I guess the CHR for me lang ah nakikisawsaw lang sa issue...

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  9. If these guys knew how Dabawenyos live in 80's during NPA regime, then the'll better understand why Davao deserve to be a crime free city. Well I will never read any news with full of bias and only conveying fallacy. We Davaoenos knows better than anyone else when it comes to our Mayor and our beloved City. Please don't remind me of CHR, whenever I hear it, my BP just shoots up.

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  10. CHR are becoming too absurd.. I personally think Davao is a great place since their laws are strictly implemented..

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  11. That is a well written article straight from a dabawenyo's heart... if only just only Filipino well accept and not envy they can all look at Davao with beacon of hope for there place.

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  12. I like him, he is serious to eliminate those bad guys. Will vote for him for President.

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  13. His ways maybe contrary to standard procedures but the result is just fantastic. Even in MM, many salute your deeds mayor.

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