Mayor Duterte challenges CHR chief Etta Rosales to sue him

Mayor Duterte of Davao City challenged Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chief Etta Rosales to sue him for threatening to kill rice smugglers.

Mayor Duterte

He told ABS-CBN News that the CHR commissioner is making her office “cheap” because of her reactions.

“Pinapamura niya ang kanyang opisina. Sa dami ng mga human rights violations dito gaya ng pag-smuggle, P6 billion a year ang nawawala, dapat isipin niya ang deprivation ng mga farmers sa rice importation...[She is] cheapening the office of the CHR,” Duterte reportedly said.

If she wants to file a case, go ahead. Be my guest.

The CHR alleged that the hard-hitting mayor committed grave misconduct after making death threats against smugglers, particularly to the so-called rice smuggling king Davidson Bangayan, also known as David Tan, during a Senate inquiry last February 4.

Duterte had said Tuesday he will “hit” Bangayan himself if he sees him unloading smuggled rice in his area of jurisdiction.

The CHR immediately reacted and told media it will file a complaint against the local chief executive before the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Ombudsman, and the Senate for possible violation of Article 11 of the Constitution and the Code of Ethics of Government Officials.

In an interview on ANC’s Headstart on February 5, Rosales said that as a public official, Mayor Duterte should not take the law into his own hands and avoid issuing statements that encourage a “climate of impunity.”