DILG fact-finding report on Duterte out this week
Subscribe Now July 15, 2011 at 04:10pm
Robredo said the Department’s team of lawyers went back to Davao City last Thursday to interview and get the statements of other witnesses in order to come up with a more comprehensive report on Duterte’s possible liability for punching a court sheriff.
Last July 1, television cameras caught Davao City mayor as she hit sheriff Abe Andres four times in the face after the latter allegedly refused to grant the mayor’s request for a two-hour stay of a demolition order.
The DILG Secretary also said that the Office of the President and the DILG have yet to receive a formal complaint or administrative charge from Andres or from any concerned party against the lady mayor.
“While there was a protest action in front of the DILG regional office and we have also heard of several complaints, still, up to this time, nobody has come forward to lodge formal charges against Mayor Duterte,” said Robredo.
The DILG Secretary also pointed out that the Department cannot file the charges against the mayor because it cannot act as the complainant and investigator at the same time.
“It would be contrary to proper procedures if the complaint will come from our end because our role is to investigate and submit the necessary recommendations to the President,” he said.
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