Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Helpless in Davao

Photo from davaotoday.com

       In unguarded moments and the word Mayor comes to mind, it's Digong's face that flashes through my mind. It's wrong, I know. It's the daughter, Sara Duterte, who is the Mayor now. But election year is next year and I hope Digong runs for Mayor again. Heck, I hope Digong lives forever.

      He is far from the ideal leader. Much has been said about Davao City's slow economic growth. But when it comes to ensuring the peace and order of the city and the safety of his constituents, Digong is tops. His methods have been questioned by some (mostly from those who do not reside in Davao City) and have been the subject of an investigation by the Commission on Human Rights but he gets results. Since he assumed leadership of Davao City, the residents have felt safe and secure, not just in their homes, but anywhere in the city. 

     Not anymore. This week-end, at the height of noon, a nurse was shot to death by motor-riding men who snatched her bag. Last night, another girl was shot after motor-riding men grabbed her bag. She is recuperating in the hospital. That's scary. Though our city is not crime-free, we are not used to these violence. 

       Social media has been abuzz with alarm and concern. Why do these criminals suddenly found the guts to do such blatant disrespect of  life and law ? Aren't they scared of Digong, who was once called by Time Magazine as The Punisher ? Haven't they heard of the Davao Death Squad ?

photo from realestatedavaoa1list.blogspot.com

           I am worried and scared. We pride ourselves the "the most peaceful city in Southeast Asia".  Is Davao City peaceful now ? Is Davao City still safe ?

          I feel helpless. It's like one of the truths that I have believed in (that Davao City is a safe place) has been shattered. It's like Digong's gone. 

            Oh dear ! 


  1. it seems to me that the slogan DAVAO:LIFE IS HERE is becoming an irony. let's be safe everyone.

  2. Hi che :) I wish there is a "Digong" here in Zamboanga. Last December alone a person was killed almost daily by "gun for hire", some allegedly for as low as 5K per hit. It's like life here is already "on sale". I personally know two who were killed and no lead whatsoever as to the perpetrators. Witnesses remain mute fearing their safety. If only we have a leader who has the "balls" to deal with this problem.

    Bret :)