Duterte NEWS

No ‘Sara Punch’ for San Juan ‘squatters’ in Davao City

MAYOR INDAY SARA unfriendly with court sheriff Abe Andres

This time the now famous “Sara Punch” could not help them.
Either the informal settlers pack up or face sedition charges if they violate a court order and prevent demolition of their houses.
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte in June this year gained wide international and national media coverage after she was captured in video by television news crews punching to the face a court sheriff supervising a court-ordered demoliton of 200 urban poor shanties in Soliman in Agdao district.
The mauling came after sheriff Abe Andres of the local branch of the Regional Trial Court refused to heed Mayor Duterte’s plea to stay the demolition for two hours as she finds a win-win solution and avert a looming violent clash  between the settlers and the demolition crews.
The Sara Punch would not be around to drive away a sheriff in the case of informal settlers opposing a demolition of 35 houses in North San Juan also in Agdao.
Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has warned the informal settlers would face the full force of the law if they prevent a court-ordered demolition.
At worse, they could be charged with sedition charges.
The informal settlers of late had put up barricades in a bid to prevent demolition teams from coming in. Earlier, demolition crews backed off after being rained by the settlers with stones, bottles and Molotov bombs.
At the Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa television program on ABS/CBN, Duterte said the settlers could face sedition charges because “they are obstructing the implementation of a proper court order.”
To clarify his point, Duterte had show host lawyer Geraldine Tiu read for him Article 139 of the Revised Penal Code, which says in part that  sedition is committed by “persons who rise publicly and tumultuously in order to attain by force, intimidation, or by other means outside of legal methods to prevent the execution of the law or government officials from performing their functions….”
My sentiments are with you but the law must be followed, except if a restraining order is issued, said Duterte.
The informal settlers subject of demoliton order are part of about 200 on the property owned by Resources Development Corporation. They had questioned the owners’ title to the land and rejected a staggered buy-out scheme or resettlement offered by the lot owner during negotiations facilitated by city councilor Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, chair of the council committee on housing.

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