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US wants Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte to train Special ForcesT

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

      The now internationally-famous ‘Sara punch,’ the video of which was widely played in local and international news programs and a top-trending subject of cybertalks on Facebook and Twitter, has awed even the Americans.

Mayor Sara Duterte has gained wide media coverage—and a tsunami of criticism on top of administrative charges—after punching court sheriff Abe Andres on July I after the sheriff refused to heed her plea to stop a court-ordered demolition of more than 200 shanties in Davao City.

      In the Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa television program on ABS/CBN on Sunday, her father, vice mayor rodrigo Duterte said an official from the American Embassy in Manila dropped him a surprise visit recently with a special request.

      The vice mayor said the American official said the US would like to tap Mayor Duterte as trainor for its special forces before they are sent to troubled spots in foreign countries.

      The Americans apparently appreciated how Mayor Duterte handled Andres with her punches, which could be a valuable lesson on martial arts for American soldiers.

      In jest, the vice mayor said Mayor Duterte may as well fit the job.

      Well, she is a light colonel in the Army reserve force, he said.

      In the Army Reservist Corps Mayor Sara Duterte is Lieutenant Colonel Sara Duterte.

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